Presentation on theme: "Our Field Trip to City Hall Amy Henderson, Kathleen Stanton, Nicole Barone Our Field Trip to City Hall: Amy Henderson, Kathleen Stanton, Nicole Barone."— Presentation transcript:
Our Field Trip to City Hall Amy Henderson, Kathleen Stanton, Nicole Barone Our Field Trip to City Hall: Amy Henderson, Kathleen Stanton, Nicole Barone
When passing by Philadelphia’s City Hall, many people do not notice all of the intricate sculpture and art within the building. Yet there are many aspects of everyday life that are represented in the design of this building. Each side and portal of the building represent something different, something within the community.
South Face City Hall’s South Wing represents the Judicial System, since this is the judicial entrance. The top floors of the building are lined with sculptures which represent African figures; progressing down the building, the images begin to change to represent justice, one example being Lady Liberty. The State Seal is also found on the South Face of the building. One may also notice representations of science and agriculture as well.
This pediment represents the Africa Group The State Seal of Pennsylvania is seen here Lady Liberty at her best This male and female relief represents agriculture Majesty of Law and Justice Moses Keystone Panels of Science African Female and Male
South Portal The South Portal is also related to the idea of justice, since this wing is used by the court system. One will find the beautiful Grand Stairway, once again covered with ornate artwork signifying justice. For example, the lion heads signify protection from the evil, and evil is represented by serpents. Justice is represented by a blind-folded woman. Keystones and relief sculptures are found in this portal, as they are throughout the building.
Entrance to the Hidden Stairwell The Hidden Stairwell Lion and Serpent Relief Blind Justice Relief Cat and Mouse Relief Horace Binny Keystone Owl Keystone Bust of John MacArthur, Jr.
West Face The West Face of City Hall is also known as the prisoner’s entrance. This side of the building illustrates messages of repentance and prayer for the prisoners. It is designed to help them realize that there are other paths to choose and that they should repent for their actions. This side also faces the west towards the new frontier, which is quite appropriate for those who are walking through the entrance. Sculptures of Native Americans represent the cultures found to the west of the city of Philadelphia.
America Group Repentance Relief Native American Female and Male City Seal Male and Female Commerce Relief Sympathy
West Portal The West Portal is the smallest and least decorative of the four portals found in City Hall. This was where prisoners were escorted into City Hall by horse drawn vans. The few sculptures found in this portal represent demons and sorrow. Also, a fixture known as “Sputnik’s Light”, which was added during the 50’s, is an eye-catching fixture, most likely because it does not fit in with the rest of the theme.
Demon Nature Panels Lion’s Head Man Sputnik Fixture
North Face of City Hall The North Face is the grandest entrance, as it was intended to be the ceremonial entrance. To the council rooms. The theme of the façade is Europe.
North Face Caryatids The two caryatids on the North face are Nordic, or Scandinavian, one male and one female
North Face Theme The City Seal, and Figures Representing Poetry, History, Victory, And Fame frame the Center of the building. Each figure depicts the Corresponding trait.
North Portal Highlights: Clockwise from left: Music capital, Elephant representing the continent of Asia, the balcony entering the North Portal, capital representing Asian workers, the prayer of William Penn.