West Philadelphia · Building a Community

July 7 – October 11, 2009

David J. Kennedy, (1836-1898), Southeast corner of Market St. and Darby Rd.,West Philadelphia, 1874, Watercolor, Lent by The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

David J. Kennedy (1836-1898), Southeast corner of Market St. and Darby Rd., West Philadelphia, 1874, Watercolor, Lent by The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

This exhibition documents the neighborhood’s 19th-century architectural and urban development while it features highlights of today’s dynamic, multicultural community. The earliest works in the exhibition include watercolors by self-taught Scottish immigrant, David J. Kennedy. Kennedy’s watercolors, drawn from the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, depict West Philadelphia houses, institutions, and streets between 1836-1898. City land maps, early photographs, and post cards also reveal the neighborhood’s rapid expansion and growth then.