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
1515 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Making A Classic Modern:
Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Moore College of Art and Design
- Philly @ The Movies:
Rocky at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Campus Philly CollegeFest
- Barbara Chase-Riboud : The Malcolm X Steles
- LOVE Park
- Fairmount Park
- Bug Fest at the
Academy of Natural Sciences
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Restaurants & Dining
1824 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too
- McCrossen’s Tavern
- The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel
- Rose Tattoo Café
- Kite & Key
- Capriccio at Cafe Cret
- West Tavern
- The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center
- Assembly Rooftop Lounge
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