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.
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Museums & Attractions
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- KAWS @ PAFA
- All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors
- Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
at the Perelman Building
- Schuylkill River Trail
- Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences
- Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
- Prometheus Strangling the Vulture
- Rodin Museum
- Art on City Hall
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Restaurants & Dining
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Rose Tattoo Café
- Capriccio at Cafe Cret
- Granite Hill
- Made In America Music Festival
- West Tavern
- The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center
- Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too
- Kelliann’s Bar & Grill
- Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
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