Attractions - Historic Homes and Buildings

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Memorial


Even while the nation was engaged in World War I, Philadelphia decided to commemorate the Civil War. The city appropriated funds for a memorial and Hermon Atkins MacNeil was selected for the commission. These two pylons – one depicting sailors, the other soldiers – were intended to stand as gates to the “Parkway Gardens.” They were moved to accommodate the construction of the Vine Street Expressway, but still mark the entry to the park from the city. One of the inscriptions reads: “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free.”

Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 1.26 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 0.18 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.76 miles

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