West Fairmount Park

Historic Sites & Landmarks

Centennial Arboretum

Centennial Arboretum, Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Centennial Arboretum contains specimen trees and shrubs from Asia, Europe, and North America. Many were planted in 1876 for the American Centennial Exposition. Nearby is the traditional-style Shofuso Japanese House and Garden brought to Philadelphia in 1957.

Belmont Pumping Station

The original Belmont Pumping Station was built in 1869. It contained steam engines and pumps that provided river water to West Philadelphia.

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Concourse Lake

Concourse Lake is a stormwater reservoir in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. The lake is part of the Park’s Centennial District, the 236 acres where ten million people celebrated the nation’s hundredth anniversary in 1876.

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Catholic Total Abstinence Fountain

Built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition as an ornamental fountain and drinking fountain, the name refers to a total abstinence from alcohol.

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Smith Memorial Arch (1897-1912) Various artists

Built on the former grounds of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, the memorial is comprised of nine busts, three figures, and two equestrians.

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Memorial Hall – Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum, Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA, United States

In 1876, the Centennial Exhibition, the first major World’s Fair held in the United States, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Shofuso in its present incarnation was built in Nagoya, Japan in 1953, using traditional materials and techniques, exhibited at MoMA as part of “The House in the Museum Garden” series, and moved to the temple gate site in Philadelphia when the exhibition closed in 1958.

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Cedar Grove

1 Cedar Grove Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

Originally located in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, Cedar Grove was moved to Fairmount Park, stone by stone, in 1926-28. Currently operated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this house is open for tours.

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Chamounix Mansion

3250 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Built in 1802 as a country home, Chamounix rests on a scenic bluff above the Schuylkill River and currently serves as hostel.

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Ohio House

4700 States Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131, United States

One of two buildings remaining from the Centennial Exhibition in 1876. It boasts distinctive exterior masonry: an inventory of nineteenth-century Ohio sandstones with the names of quarries and stone companies carved on the first floor