BSWAM (Bartender’s skills with a Manhatten) sent a wonderful series from Philadelphia. Here’s a couple. A wonderful public artwork celebrating looking up kids’. Apparently they were roped off, so he couldn’t get the traditional closeups.

And one of their celebrated Gentlemen’s clubs.


BSWAM says, “People are still ambivalent about Philadelphia’s terrifying City Hall, one of the world’s largest public buildings and, somehow, evidently the inspiration for Sydney’s Town Hall (how or why this was the case I have no idea). In fact, no sooner was this behemoth finished (around 1902 after a period of over forty years) than a petition was circulated to demolish it. This idea was dropped when it was realized that the thing was so enormous the cost of its demolition would have bankrupted the city. To give you an idea of its scale the statue of William Penn on the top of the tower is 40 ft tall.”20140917-205802.jpg

“Here’s a non-worst, the previous picture was taken from the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum (a building so enormous it’s nearly impossible to photograph the entire thing – this is the central portion). Now considered one of the masterpieces by the architect Julian Abele, one of the US’s first black architects, it was widely criticized at the time of its construction for what was considered an out-of-date style and for the use of colored terra cotta. It is seen here emblazoned with the name of the architect who will be renovating the staircase. So yes. Probably a worst after all.”20140917-204722.jpg


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16 Responses to Philadelphia

  1. Philadelphia Town hall : a nice Gothic building , but I couldn’t find any catalogue of its gargoyles or grotesques.


  2. Shreiking Wombat Ninja says:

    So we can expect the Philadelphia Art Museum to be converted into a shambolic aluminium caravan affair? Gehry. What a cunt.


  3. Michael says:

    An under-appreciated, awesome fact: the statue of William Penn (along with all the other sculptures on the City Hall building) was the world of Alexander Milne Calder, the grandfather of another Alexander Calder, the sculptor who invented the mobile, the largest of which hangs inside the Philadelphia Art Museum (pretty much behind the ‘A’ in the photo). From inside the Museum, you can look back along Benjamin Franklin Boulevard to City Hall, and about halfway along is a fountain, called the ‘Swann Memorial Fountain,’ which is the work of Alexander Stirling Calder – son of the dude who sculpted William Penn, and father of the guy who invented mobiles. So, in one awesome, sweeping view you can see the evolution of American art from static to dynamic through the work of a single family.

    What a great city Philadelphia is.


  4. rottobloggo says:

    I like City Hall. I hope they bathe it in pink and purple, as they do in Teh Pert.


  5. paracleet says:

    What no picture of the Rocky Statue or Rocky boot imprints (pretty much where the last shot is taken from memory.)? No Philadelphia Museum of Art worst experience is complete without them..


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