At A Glance
Commissioned by the Pennsylvania Freemasons to celebrate their 250th anniversary
Installed near the Masonic Temple
Intended to memorialize Franklin as a printer and an artist
For the occasion of their 250th anniversary, the Pennsylvania Freemasons commissioned artist Joseph Brown to design a larger than life-size sculpture of Benjamin Franklin to be installed near their headquarters at the Masonic Temple at 1 North Broad Street (across from City Hall). This colossal figure of a young Benjamin Franklin working at a printing press was intended to memorialize Franklin as a printer and an artist, and to serve as a reminder of the dignity of the craftsman. The sculpture was dedicated and gifted to the City of Philadelphia on June 27, 1981.