Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia


Franklin Square

A colored image of Franklin Square, showing the trails and vegetation locations around the square, colored in shades of green. There is a blue fountain in the middle of the square. The paper that the map is printed on has aged to a brown color.

Library Company of Philadelphia

As part of the 1820 rejuvenation of Philadelphia’s public squares, the city of Philadelphia renamed the northeast square after Benjamin Franklin and accepted a plan to redesign the square by William Rush and Thomas Birch. Rush and Birch depicted an orderly and picturesque view of nature by designing the park to be completely symmetrical by both walkway and plant locations. This image shows the original watercolor and ink plan that Rush and Birch created in 1824.

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