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Franklin Square Fountain

A colored painting showing people walking around the central fountain of Franklin Square. Some peope in fancy suits and dresses are depicted in the image. Some couples are standing around the fountain and some gentlemen are sitting on benches lining the paths of the square.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The rejuvenation of Philadelphia’s city squares in the 1820’s changed more than just the look of the squares, it changed the types of activities that occurred on the squares. Pubic squares were once the site of trash dumps, potter’s fields, and public hangings, but the beatification of squares removed that blight and replaced it with natural elegance that would allow people to experience and enjoy the beauty of nature. This 1839 lithograph by John T. Bowen depicts people casually walking along on of the path in front of Franklin Square’s central fountain.

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