I grew up in Philadelphia and have spent years photographing the areas monuments and buildings as well as overlooked and unexpected places. This part of the state has evidence of a richness and grace that separates it from other cities and rewards even the casual viewer with a blending of history and architecture.
The Swann Memorial Fountain was designed by sculptor Alexander Calder and was completed in 1924 as the centerpiece of Logan Square and the Parkway. Logan Circle is surrounded by a number of important institutions: the Franklin Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Science, Moore College of Art and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fairmount Water Works was once the sole source of the City of Philadelphia’s water. Almost from the day the waterwheels began turning, its classic Greek and Roman architecture and cutting-edge engineering made it an international 19th century tourist attraction renowned for melding nature and technology. A technological wonder in its time, the Water Works began operation in 1815 and soon attracted international visitors. During the greater part of the 19th century, it was the second most popular tourist site in the United States after Niagara Falls.
Boathouse Row is home to Philadelphia’s rowing community, and is a leading epicenter of the nation’s championship aspirations for the sport. The boathouses are also home away from home for more high school competitors than any other U.S. city and a foundation for the nation’s first and largest community of master’s athletes. Each year, Philadelphia hosts nearly twice as many regattas as the closest competitor city Boston.
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