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Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. Corporate and municipal office buildings cover swaths of wide streets, creating the bustle of daily commerce. Luxury high-rises and modern and historic houses line leafy side streets. The museums that border the broad, tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway add yet another dimension. Green spaces — including the square that gives the area its name—provide spots for relaxation, reflection and fun.
Logan Square, which sits between Broad Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Market Street on the south and Spring Garden Street on the north, is home to a number of iconic Philadelphia attractions. The center of the city government’s daily business, City Hall is a natural focal point. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation make people stop and take notice — and photos. The architectural equivalent of a wedding cake, the sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive statue of William Penn, all designed by Alexander Milne Calder.
Undoubtedly, the neighborhood highlight is the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Its attractions and green spaces captivate residents and visitors. The buildings on its borders are a who’s-who of culture: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Franklin Institute, The Barnes Foundation, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Rodin Museum, the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The stretch is also street-party central, with massive events such as the Fourth of July concert, Made In America, Philadelphia Marathon, Thanksgiving Day Parade and other large-scale to-dos taking place throughout the year.
The neighborhood’s namesake landmark offers city residents and visitors a welcome outdoor respite on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In the center of Logan Circle, a large traffic circle at 19th and the Parkway, sits the majestic Swann Memorial Fountain. Designed by Philadelphia-born sculptor Alexander Calder, the massive fountain represents the region’s major waterways: the Delaware, Schuylkill and Wissahickon. Surrounding Logan Circle are some of the city’s top attractions including the Moore College of Art and Design, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Free Library, Sister Cities Park and the Franklin Institute.
Logan Square is easily accessible by public transportation. SEPTA buses and regional rail lines stop at Suburban Station, and the Market Street El (running east and west) and Broad Street Subway both stop at City Hall. Many enjoy the bird’s-eye view of the area from atop the double-decker tour buses, which make stops at various museums in the area.
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