Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Lafayette’s Tour

Grand Civic Arch

A series of about a dozen temporary triumphal arches were placed in Philadelphia and its suburbs to usher Lafayette through the city. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

A series of about a dozen temporary triumphal arches placed in Philadelphia and its immediate suburbs ushered Lafayette through the city. The Grand Civic Arch at the old Pennsylvania State House, depicted here in a later nineteenth-century watercolor by David J. Kennedy, was a collaboration of the architect William Strickland, painter Thomas Sully, and artist William Rush. Constructed of canvas stretched on a wood frame, the arch stood thirty-five-feet high and spanned forty-five feet across Chestnut Street.

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