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Blanche Levy Park

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1978, Sir Peter Shepheard; Laurie Olin; Carol and Colin Franklin; and others. Bounded by Walnut, Spruce, S. 34th, and S. 36th sts.

A distinguished group of landscape architects on Penn's faculty transformed Penn's campus from dreary leftover spaces to a handsome green. In place of the remnants of old roadways and an assortment of utilitarian paving materials, the new campus walks of granite curbs, brick, and bluestone (since replaced) and tree-shaded greens link the central academic buildings. This project began the transformation of the university to its present-day elevated status.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Blanche Levy Park", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 128-128.

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