text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Statuary in the Square

Rittenhouse Square features several striking statues. These were purchased and installed by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) beginning in the late 19th century.

Click on any of the pictures for a larger view and check out the Association for Public Art for more information on these statues and other Philadelphia art.

Billy by artist Albert Laessle, was created in 1914 and installed in Fairmount park in 1919. Children have enjoyed sitting on it for a hundred years now.

Cornelia Van A. Chapin's Giant Frog was given to the city in 1941

Designed by artist Antoine-Louis Barye in 1832, Lion Crushing a Serpent was the first statue installed in Rittenhouse Square, back in 1892.

Bronze sculpture depicting a woman holding a duck. Designed by Paul Manship in 1911.

Rittenhouse Square