Item No: pdcp01051
Title: Philadelphia Museum of Art from 2601 Parkway
Historic Street Address:
2601 Pennsylvania Avenue
Print and Picture Collection
The balcony of this corner apartment in the 2601 Parkway apartment building--opened in 1939--affords a stunning vista of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia skyline, from the east wing of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to City Hall in the distance. This photograph was featured in the Evening Public Ledger newspaper on Saturday, July 13, 1940, for an article touting the newly-transformative architecture, furniture, and urban living experience on the Parkway.
The caption for the photograph reads: “It’s true, this panorama from a penthouse would be equally beautiful under any conditions. But the restful simplicity of the comfortable porch corner encourages contemplation. Perfect in this situation is a trundle-couch equipped with wheels and wheelbarrow handles, so that it can be moved into or out of the sun, as you like.”
Facsimile of image used in the exhibition, Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Parkway Central Library West Gallery, September 2017-November 2018.