Dream Garden


In the east lobby of the Curtis Center is a masterpiece of American craft: a luminous, wall-size Tiffany mosaic of more than 100,000 pieces of glass depicting a lush landscape designed by Maxfield Parrish in 1916.

One of only three such works undertaken by Tiffany Studios, the piece is made up of 24 panels that took six months to install. There's a grand piano in the building lobby that is free for people to play, too.

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1. Washington Square

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On the northwest edge of Society Hill, this attractive tree-planted square dates back to William Penn's original city plan. In the center is the Tomb of…

2. Congress Hall

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Congress Hall is where the first legislators met when Philly was the nation's capital. Entrance (no ticket necessary) is through the security checkpoint…

3. Athenaeum of Philadelphia

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Free exhibitions are held at this special collections library, occupying a National Historic Landmark brownstone building designed in 1845. Curiously,…

4. Independence Hall


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5. Legacy

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6. American Philosophical Society

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7. Old City Hall

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8. Liberty Bell Center

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