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
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
- Henry J. Cadbury Library
- Rodin Museum
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Three-Way Piece Number 1: Points
- Making A Classic Modern:
Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Philly @ The Movies:
Rocky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Schuylkill River Trail
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Restaurants & Dining
16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19102
- The Fountain Restaurant
- McCrossen’s Tavern
- Dilworth Park
- Campus Philly CollegeFest
- Rose Tattoo Café
- The Barnes Foundation
- Kelliann’s Bar & Grill
- Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
- Kite & Key
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