The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The second book of Harry Kyriakodis, The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is an easy and heavily illustrated look at the city’s most famous boulevard. Epitomous of the City Beautiful movement, the corridor connected Fairmount Park to what was then a bustling and gritty downtown, with the massive & misnomed Broad Street Station at its origin near City Hall. The parkway was carved out of gridded city blocks in a process that took decades as eminent domain and progress played out in the foreground, and the great structures of the Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, and the Free Library were built in the background. If Kyriakodis’ previous book revealed what Philadelphia lost as progress toiled forward (with the destruction of the waterfront and construction of Interstate 95), this book identifies what was gained: a world-class promenade that brought the park into Philadelphia.