Swann Memorial Fountain
1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder
The center of Logan Square belongs to a popular fountain sculpture by Alexander Stirling Calder, son of the City Hall artist.
Designed with architect Wilson Eyre, the work memorializes Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, founder of the Philadelphia Fountain Society.
Adapting the tradition of “river god” sculpture, Calder created large Native American figures to symbolize the area’s major local waterways: the Delaware River (a man), the Schuylkill River (a woman) and Wissahickon Creek (a girl).
Frogs, turtles, a fish and two swans — puns on the name of Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, the fountain’s namesake — complete the group.
Children love the playful frogs and turtles that spout water toward the 50-foot geyser in the center.
In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
15th Street and John F. Kennedy Blvd.
John F. Kennedy Plaza
Philadelphia, PA 19102
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs
- Made In America Music Festival
- Henry J. Cadbury Library
- Three-Way Piece Number 1: Points
- Arch Street United Methodist Church
- Washington Monument
- The Awesome Fest
- The Barnes Foundation
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Restaurants & Dining
1440 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- The Fountain Restaurant
- King of Tandoor
- Rose Tattoo Café
- Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too
- Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
- Granite Hill
- The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center
- Dilworth Park
- Kelliann’s Bar & Grill
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