Virtual Tour: Art & Nature in the Centennial District

Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM weather permitting
Concourse Lake & Smith Memorial Arch (Via Zoom, Link to Register Below)

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the tour! For those who missed out, watch above or follow this link. Here are some additional links you might find useful:

Concourse Lake Digital Guide: includes interactive maps and guides to exploring Concourse Lake and beyond.

Smith Memorial Arch Guide: contains background information on this iconic gateway to Fairmount Park.

Concourse Lake in West Fairmount Park
Concourse Lake. Photo courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Join the Association for Public Art (aPA) and Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) for a virtual lunchtime tour of Concourse Lake and the nearby Smith Memorial Arch – both located in West Fairmount Park’s historic Centennial District, where 10 million people celebrated the nation’s hundredth anniversary in 1876.

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Lindsey Walker from Fairmount Park Conservancy will lead the tour of Concourse Lake, pointing out interesting plants and trees around the lake. Caitlin Martin and Ashley Lippolis from Association for Public Art will lead the tour of Smith Memorial Arch, which is .6 miles from Concourse Lake and serves as a gateway to Fairmount Park.

Related Artworks


Smith Memorial Arch

(1897 – 1912)

by Various Artists

Avenue of the Republic, West Fairmount Park

The Smith Memorial Arch was initiated by Richard Smith, a wealthy Philadelphian who bequeathed a half million dollars to build a monument to Pennsylvania’s naval and military heroes of the Civil War.

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