The Neighborhood of Fairmount
Philadelphia's Art Museum Area
Joan of Arc Statue
The Statue of Joan was cast by Emmanuel Fremiet in 1874. The sculpture depicts the French heroine riding into the battle of Orleans in 1429. It originally stood at an intersection in Paris but was removed when a subway was constructed. It was placed here by the Fairmount Park Art Association, a private organization established in 1871 to beautify the park with sculpture and landscaping.
When the Art Association purchased the statue in 1890, it placed Joan on the East side of the Girard Avenue Bridge. It was moved to its present site in 1948.
There's a pretty complex intersection near the Joan of Arc Statue. You have Art Museum Drive coming down to meet Kelly Drive, 25th Street joining Kelly Drive, and Pennsylvania Avenue intersecting 25th Street and running parallel to Kelly Drive. Fairmount Avenue comes in just north of Pennsylvania Avenue. Whoa! Just be careful crossing the streets.
We'll cross over to the other side of the statue and walk west over Pennsylvania Avenue.
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