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Please Touch Museum (Memorial Hall)
Memorial Hall was envisioned from the first as the permanent memorial of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, which was held here in what today is West Fairmount Park. The immense Main Exhibition Building and Machinery Hall, both designed by Henry Petit and Joseph Wilson, were intended to be temporary structures, and although they were more progressive in their mass-produced
After the fair, Memorial Hall was adapted to serve as the city's museum of art, retaining that role until its replacement in the 1920s by the present museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ( PH123). Adapted in the 1970s by Hatfield, Martin and White to serve a variety of uses including a swimming pool and Fairmount Park Police offices, it has since been adapted as the home of the Please Touch Museum, a center for children's interests in concert with the nearby zoo. At 4021 Parkside Avenue is Philadelphia's School of the Future, built in collaboration with Microsoft and designed by the New Jersey firm Prisco Group (2004–2006).
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