- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert Says:
This is a great place to hang out during a hot day, perhaps between museum visits. The Ben Franklin Parkway (in which Logan Circle sits) is modeled on Paris' Champs Elysees, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art at one end and City Hall at the other.
- This area features some of the most exquisite flower beds in Philadelphia. Swann Memorial Fountain is a spectacular feature of this circle. In summer, children play in the fountain while adults take a break on the benches.
Northwest Square was one of Penn's original city squares and was once used as a burial ground. The last public execution was held in this square in 1823 and two years later, it was renamed for James Logan. In the 1840s, it became illegal for livestock or wagons to enter this area. Hillocks were eventually leveled and graves were moved to other locations. When the Parkway was built in 1925, the fountain was added and Logan Square became Logan Circle.
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