text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia


Fairmount Water Works

At the river's edge is the Fairmount Water Works, designed by Frederick Graff. One of the most romantic collections of buildings in Philadelphia, it is an architectural achievement. Built between 1819 and 1822, the waterworks comprise a dam, pumphouse and reservoir. Classical in feeling, the grouping of the superintendent's house, the pavilions, and the balustrades along the river form an unforgettable picture.

Return to the Italian Fountain and take the road nearest the water. This leads back to the Kelly Drive. Proceed east until you come to a large bronze statue of Lincoln the Emancipator by Randolph Rogers

Fairmount Park