Philly’s Most Famous Fountain

Swann Fountain in Logan Circle is among the most iconic sites in the city. Designed by Alexander Calder, it’s been situated between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and City Hall since 1924.

As described on the plaque, “it was built to honor Dr. Wilson Cary Swann… a 19th century doctor who founded the Philadelphia Fountain Society because he believed the city should have more public drinking fountains for people and troughs for animals.” Now we have to buy overpriced bottles of water and the animals are on their own.

The Fountain puts out a cooling spray on a hot summer day.

And nothing has stopped generations of Philly kids from enjoying the water.

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