Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Address: 118-128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Neighborhood: Center City


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Contact: 215-972-7600

Description: Philadelphia architect Frank Furness was noted for his controversial designs, and this exuberant Victorian structure is the best preserved of his remaining buildings. It was completed in 1876, in time to be a focal point of the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. The Academy’s broad polychromed facade on Broad Street is centered with an ornate, deeply recessed Gothic window above a double entrance. A list of the various materials that assail the eye—brownstone, sandstone, polished granite, red and black brick—hints at its rich exterior. Well-lit galleries of the fireproof structure contain one of the country’s leading art collections.

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  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater

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