Photograph of site of the Parkway 1907

Historical Images of Philadelphia Philadelphiana
Photograph of site of the Parkway 1907

Item Info

Item No: pdcp01056
Title: Photograph of site of the Parkway 1907
Additional Title: Photograph of site of the Parkway when first proposed taken from top of City Hall tower in 1907
Historic Street Address: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

This image is a page from the book: The Fairmount Parkway : a pictorial record of development from its first incorporation in the city plan in 1904 to the completion of the main drive from City Hall to Fairmount Park in 1919 ... / Fairmount Park Art Association. Philadelphia, 1919.

The photograph is a 1907 aerial view of the proposed Parkway site, taken from the top of City Hall.  One of the most significant buildings that would be spared by the construction is the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul, its prominent dome easily seen highlighting the urban landscape.  To see the same view in 1919, well into the construction of the Parkway, see item #pdcp01057.

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.

Creation Year: 1907
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.170096
Geocode Latitude:39.957252

Creator Name: Fairmount Park Art Association - Compiler