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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Ridgeland Mansion sits at the end of a quiet lane lined with magnificent oak trees in West Fairmount Park. Since 1997 the Susan Morgan Center at Ridgeland has leased the property from the Conservancy for use as offices and program space


The house sits on its original landscape on the bank of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Encompassed on the grounds of the Philadelphia Zoo, Solitude is the only surviving American residence once owned by a Penn family member

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Sweetbriar Mansion, Sweetbriar Drive, Philadelphia, PA, United States

A Neoclassical mansion in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Sweetbriar is decorated in the Etruscan revival-style, with a double parlor and sweeping views of the Schuylkill River. Currently closed to the public.