By Reid Bramblett

Frommer's daily advisor to Philadelphia is the total up to date reference for viewers who are looking to maximize their remain within the smartest, so much time-efficient method. With full-color all through with hundreds of thousands of evocative photographs, this beneficial advisor bargains reports on a big selection of sightseeing, accommodation, purchasing, eating and leisure techniques in all rate levels, and likewise contains thematic and strolling excursions of the city's best-loved neighborhoods with Frommer's trademark candid and available services.

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Along this sun-dappled cobblestone residential lane is a house converted to a museum and garden. ) � hr. , btw. Arch & Race sts. The grand Philadelphia Museum of Art and the rich, eclectic Barnes are the stars of the local art scene. Still, any tour of the city is an art tour, thanks to a 1959 mandate that all new building projects dedicate 1% of construction costs to public art. Consider such serendipitous finds PDAs—public displays of art-fection. START: City Hall, 15th & Market sts. Clothespin.

Hewitt (1841–1916). Presidential portraitist Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827) and early American sculptor William Rush (1756–1833) founded the Academy in 1805. American realist Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) studied and taught here. All three artists were Philadelphians, and all are well represented among the gallery’s thousands of all-American works. Of special note: Furness’ splendid red, gold, and blue staircase; an elegant rotunda where Walt Whitman (1819–1892) attended concerts; Benjamin West’s (1738–1820) Penn’s Treaty with the Indians; Peale’s paintings of Franklin and Washington; rare works by Rush; and pieces by more modern American artists such as Mark Rothko (1903–1970), Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), Georgia O’Keefe (1887–1986), Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), and Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008).

15 min. , btw. Pine & Lombard sts. South Street. For decades, this colorful strip of sneaker stores, costume jewelers, rustic cafes, and cheap eats has been Mecca for Philly’s under-21 set. Make sure you cross 10th Street to see the mosaic wonderland of Isaiah Zagar’s Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens at no. org). 15 min. Chapterhouse. This airy and art-dappled converted storefront serves espressos, smoothies, and pastries to a crowd of med students and neighborhood types. Or save your noshing for the Italian Market.

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