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    • Free Library Percent for Art - dioramas by Colette Fu | Art Commission, Jan. 2017

Art Commission supports Don Quixote pedestrian plaza, library art, but not PPA lot billboard

The Art Commission’s meeting Wednesday began the year with a bang. The contentious proposal to deaccession stained glass bus shelters on Chestnut Street consumed much of the energy, but the rest…

    • Rendering of Richard Serra sculpture on the Rodin Museum grounds, presented at December 2016 Art Commission meeting

Art Commission approves Richard Serra sculpture for Parkway, redesign ahead for Holocaust Memorial

Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting opened with two major upgrades to established sites on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Timothy Rub, laid out a proposal…

    • Schuylkill River Trail | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Sections of MLK Drive, Schuylkill River Trail to close for retaining wall rebuild

On Monday the City of Philadelphia announced that parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed for a few weeks while crews rebuild and…

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ABOUT FAIRMOUNT

Fairmount, named after the largest hill in the area, is a neighborhood in Lower North Philadelphia. The neighborhood extends from Vine Street to Girard Avenue and from the Schuylkill River to Broad Street. During the American Revolution, British soldiers utilized the hill as a means of defense when they were fighting against American soldiers under George Washington’s command. By the 1800s, the Fairmount Dam and Water Works organization had utilized the large hill as a natural pump, letting water flow using gravity from reservoirs at the top of the hill to residential homes and business within the city. The Eastern State Penitentiary, built in the early 19th century, was another huge landmark in the neighborhood, it being one of the first prisons to emphasize reform rather then punishment. Since the prison's abandonment 1971, the jail has become a huge tourist attraction. Preserved in its ruined state, it is has unique attractions, such as being the prison which held Al Capone. Fairmount Park, located on the banks of the Schuylkill River between Vine Street and Roosevelt Boulevard, spans 4,100 acres, making it the city’s largest public park. The area is probably best known for the historic and symbolic Art Museum on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Museum sits on top of a hill over looking Benjamin Franklin Boulevard, a street lined with other museums and cultural landmarks. The neighborhood surrounding this cultural hot bed is filled with all kinds of history, with row and town houses dating back to the early 19th century. Today the neighborhood is going through a gentrification, as young professional families move in to take advantage of Fairmount’s ideal location and rich history.  

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Fairmount Civic Association

Fairmount Neighborhood

Fairmount CDC

Fairmount Park

The state court has granted permission for the Barnes Foundation to move from its site in Lower Merion Township to the site of the Juvenile Detention Center on the Parkway.
Philadelphia Art Museum
Known locally as “The Art Museum,” it has been among the largest and most important museums in the United States since it opened in 1876.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN FAIRMOUNT

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