Center City, Murals of Philadelphia
Philadelphia is known as the city of murals for the numerous murals painted on the sides, fronts or backs of buildings throughout the city. It started in 1984, in order to prevent graffiti and give artists a creative outlet to create something beautiful.
These are just a small handful of what you can find in center city. It’s an even smaller portion of the murals of Philadelphia!
Artists: Michael Webb and Susan Maxman Architect
Location: Walnut and 23rd st
The church was torn down in 1946 and now a gas station stands in its place. Sunoco, the gas station, hired artists to paint the church’s reflection as it had once stood. Click here to see photos of the original church.
Artist: Berny Brownstein
Location: 23rd st and Sansom
Artists: Jonathan Laidacker, Richard Haas
Location: Chestnut and 24th st
I promise that is painted on the building and not actual arches in the building. Five stories tall and absolutely stunning.
Artists: David McShane, Steve Weinik
Location: Walnut and 24th st
While I really want to say “go Dbacks!” I can appreciate this incredible art.
Artist: Marcus Balum, Seed the Dream Foundation
Location: 21st st and Market
This is painted on the side of the fire station which only adds to its beauty.
Artist: David Guinn
Location: 20th st and Sansom
Artist: Momo Sonesta
Location: Market and 18th st
Location: 20th st and Ludlow
I can’t find any information on this one. But it’s beautiful. I love how it stretches to both buildings.