We spent the day in Philadelphia a few weeks ago when my sister and her daughters came for a visit from Denver, Colorado. Their flight was due to land about 6pm so we decided to drive over earlier in the day and see some of the sights of the city. We wanted to see where the famous outdoor market was, have lunch and maybe spend some time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I did a lot of "drive-by shooting" of some of the scenes since we really only had a few hours to kill. We saw a great exhibit at the museum: Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose on exhibit
through September 1, 2008. According to their website, "This is the first exhibition to travel outside of Asia showcasing the exquisite and historically groundbreaking work of Nandalal Bose, a major artist who has been called "the father of Indian modernism" and one of the "patriarchs of India’s cultural revival." It was truly impressive.
Driving through the city I snapped several shots from the car of Philadelphia’s City Hall, apparently the tallest masonry building in the world. At 10 stories high it was originally designed in the 1800s to be the world's tallest building but according to Wikipedia, by the time it was completed it was already surpassed by the Washington Monument and the Eiffel Tower. Its exact height is strangely 547 feet 11-3/4".
Detail of the historic Art Deco-style Market Street National Bank. Built in 1930, it is now The Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City located on the Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia has a incredible Mural Arts Program, a city-wide initiative to do away with graffiti and address neighborhood blight. It has created over 2700 murals throughout the city that have become a great source of community pride. Professional artists serve as role models and it gives kids a place to channel their energy, promotes self-confidence and fosters life and job skills. Plus, they are just cool to see! We only saw a few but here they are.
In the Italian Market area – Frank Rizzo was Philly’s first Italian-American mayor.
These were also in the Market area