• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day, Streeters. We're taking a long weekend and will be back first thing tomorrow morning with The Buzz. Enjoy the beautiful day.

    • Aero Memorial, Aviator Park
      Aero Memorial, Aviator Park

In honor of this holiday of remembrance, here's one of the loveliest memorials in the city: Paul Manship's Aero Memorial (1948) in Aviator Park, across from the Franklin Institute. The Aero Memorial honors fallen World War I aviators with a beautiful gilded bronze celestial sphere featuring signs of the zodiac, sitting on top of a carved granite base. The idea for the memorial was first proposed by Aero Club of Pennsylvania during World War I. Fundraising too so long that the sculpture was not commissioned until 1939, and was not completed until after World War II. For more about this sculpture (and so many others) check out the Museum Without Walls audio tour.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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