Matthias William Baldwin (1905)

by Herbert Adams (1858 - 1945)

Photo Caption: Photo Alec Rogers © 2014 for the Association for Public Art
City Hall, North Plaza (Broad and Market Streets)
1905

  • Title

    Matthias William Baldwin

  • Artist

    Herbert Adams (1858 - 1945)

  • Year

    1905; relocated 1921, 1936

  • Medium

    Bronze, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 8′, width 2'6", depth 2'6" (base height 10’8″, width 4'10", depth 4'10")

  • Themes

    Presidents and Leaders

Gift of Burnham, Williams & Company of the Baldwin Locomotive Works to the City of Philadelphia through the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art)

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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  • Matthias Baldwin designed the first U.S.-made steam locomotive

  • Baldwin founded a school for African American children and helped launch the Franklin Institute

  • This bronze was a gift of his former company through the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art)

Before his death in 1866, his company became one of the largest makers of locomotives in the world

During Philadelphia’s reign as a mighty manufacturing center, one of its industrial giants was the Baldwin Locomotive Works. A former jewelry maker, Matthias Baldwin designed the first U.S.-made steam locomotive in 1831. Before his death in 1866, his company became one of the largest makers of locomotives in the world.

A philanthropist and civic leader, Baldwin founded a school for African American children and helped launch The Franklin Institute.

This bronze was a gift of his former company through the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art). Originally at Broad and Spring Garden Streets, it was brought to City Hall plaza in 1921 and placed on this site in 1936.

Herbert Adams' statue of Matthias William Baldwin
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art

 

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George E. Thomas is an architectural and cultural historian. He is a professor of urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joel Spivak is an architectural consultant and Philadelphia transit historian. He is the author of Philadelphia Railroads and co-author of Philadelphia Trolleys.

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