Philadelphia Images and Notes

Philadelphia City Hall

I’m always impressed with Philadelphia’s City Hall. Such a grand building that dominates your view with its bulk.

Curtis Institute of Music

An evening walk introduced me to the Curtis Institute of Music. Roaming from my hotel to Drexel University via Rittenhouse Square, I happened upon a notice for the graduation recital for a cellist. After visiting Drexel I returned to enjoy a beautiful recital. My last evening I returned to Curtis again for a brass chamber recital. More gorgeous music this time set in the original building featuring this amazing setting.

After this second recital I read in a display case about the founding of the Curtis Institute of Music. The next morning I ran across The Curtis Publishing Company building. A daughter of the Curtis Publishing founder established the Institute.

COMPANION art installation by KAWS at 30th Street Station

Luckily I decided to catch the SEPTA train to the airport at the 30th Street Station. I was curious because this building is enormous. Luck came in that a Companion, a KAWS artwork, started a stint at the station on this day. The work is amazing. No one can ignore the Companion, all are captured by its scale and tale. What tale? Whatever you read into Companion’s body language.

Time Travel Exhibit at the Kimmel Center as part of PIFA

This is just a fun time travel exhibit with several locations where you interact with the art.

Kimmel Center

Much newer than all the grand buildings in Philadelphia but still impressive and eye-catching.

SEPTA Platforms at the 30th Street Station

Closest I’ve been to a King’s Cross Station. While not truly comparable this is a train station worth visiting. As mentioned earlier the station is massive. You can see in one of the Companion shots that the main room in the station consumes a vast space.

Other shots around Philadelphia

The weather was wonderful during my visit. Here is one shot looking off Walnut Street looking up the Schuylkill River with the 30th Street Station in the background. Also had to include an evening shot of a street of downtown homes. Gems are also hidden in buildings such as the large pipe organ dominating the Macy’s located in the Wanamaker Building.