Lenfest Plaza

Designed by internationally renowned landscape architecture firm OLIN, Lenfest Plaza offers an inviting civic space for visitors to Philadelphia, city residents, students, museum goers and art lovers. Located between PAFA's Historic Landmark and Samuel M.V. Hamilton buildings, the plaza was constructed in 2011 and is open year-round. It features a three-part serpentine bench, mosaic pavers, plantings, and rotating works of emerging and established artists in an urban setting.

Lenfest Plaza is located directly across from the entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. More than a destination and gathering place, the plaza also connects convention-goers and the public on North Broad Street with the museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway: the Barnes Foundation, the Academy of Natural Sciences, The Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Closing Cherry Street to vehicular traffic and reclaiming it for public use.


Site Plan

Linking PAFA's campus



Paint Torch welcoming guests to Lenfest Plaza(Photo: Tom Crane)


Site Plan

Detail view




Claes Oldenburg

Artist commissioned to create the Paint Torch



Lifting sculpture into place



Crew working on sculpture and Lenfest Plaza


Paint Torch

Illuminating the night sky on Broad Street


Closed to traffic

24-hour pedestrian court that will offer outdoor seating


Public Space

Expanding PAFA's reach and serving the public

Project Team

OLIN, David A. Rubin – Design partner Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Claes Oldenburg – Artist, Paint Torch Jordan Griska – Artist, Grumman Greenhouse Kreysler & Associates – Paint Torch fabricator Jen Lewin – Consultant for LED lighting inside Paint Torch INTECH – General Contractor Becker & Frondorf – Project Manager Saylor Gregg Architects – Architect CVM Facilities Renewal – Structural Consultant Marvin Waxman Consulting Engineers, Inc. – Mechanical/Electrical Consultant Hunt Engineering Company – Civil Engineer The Lighting Practice – Lighting Design Consultant

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