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Old City Public Art

The lobby of the Curtis Publishing Company building has a great treasure: a 15-by-50-foot glass mosaic mural, The Dream Garden, based on a Maxfield Parrish painting. It was executed by the Louis C. Tiffany Studios in 1916. The work's 260 colors and 100,000 pieces of opalescent hand-fired glass laced with gold leaf make it perhaps the finest Tiffany mural in the world. The mural was also designated a "historic object" by the Philadelphia Historical Commission after its owner, the estate of a local art patron, put it up for sale for $9 million in 1998; the designation, the first in the city's history, stopped the sale and the mural remains in public view, under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Public Art

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601–45 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19106, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, The mural is open to the public whenever the building is open

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