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Fisher Fine Arts Library

Fisher Fine Arts Library Review

One of the finest examples remaining of the work of Philadelphia architect Frank Furness, this was the most innovative library building in the country when it opened in 1891. It was the first library to separate the reading room and the stacks. Peek into the reading room, dominated by a huge fireplace, and with study alcoves lit from skylights above. The unusual exterior stirred controversy when it was built: note the terra-cotta panels, short heavy columns, and gargoyles on the north end.

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  • Address: 220 S. 34th St., University City, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 | Map It
  • Phone: 215/898–8325
  • Cost: Free; need photo ID; admittance is more restricted in late evening, weekends and during exam periods; check website for details
  • Hours: During Fall and Spring school terms, Sept. to mid-Dec and mid-Jan to–mid-May; Mon.–Thurs. 8:30 am–midnight, Fri. 8:30–8, Sat. 10–8, Sun. 10–midnight; between terms (late- Dec to early-Jan. and mid-Aug to early Sept, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, closed weekends.
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  • Subway: 34th & Market Sts. (SEPTA Market-Frankford Blue line); 33rd & Market Sts. and 36th & Sansom Sts. (SEPTA subway-surface green lines, routes 11, 13, 34, 36)
  • Location: University City
Updated: 05-19-2011

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