I took this photo of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts today from my car window. I was driving down Broad Street, the light turned red, and I was able to get the photo of the unique, brick building which is a historic landmark.
It was designed by Frank Furness who designed over 600 buildings, primarily in the Philadelphia region.
In 1876, when America celebrated its centennial, the doors opened at PAFA. It’s considered one of the finest examples of Victorian, Venetian Gothic architecture in the United States.
The roofline has red and black brick, diamond-shaped patterning, floral motifs and a bas-relief frieze depicting famous artists from the past.
Isn’t the 16-foot sculpture above the entrance extra special? It’s called “Young Punch Juggling” by New Haven-based artist Robert Taplin. (It was installed in 2013.) If you enlarge the photo, you’ll see Punch juggling objects from different time periods. When Furness designed the steel-trussed building in 1875, he included a sculpture platform over the front door.