West Fairmount Park
Historic Sites & Landmarks
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.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
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.
2000 Belmont Mansion DrivePhiladelphia, PA 19131United States
Belmont Mansion is a historic mansion located in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Built in the early 18th century, the mansion is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States.Visit Site
Historians believe this to be one of the oldest houses in Pennsylvania. Dutch and Swedish architectural influences include a barnlike four-sided gambrel roof, arched chimney supports and small windows that open toward the outside.Closed to the public.