Site and architectural photography document the museum's buildings and grounds—from construction photographs of our iconic main building, to the Perelman Building annex, to the Rodin Museum, to Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant (2 historic houses in Fairmount Park), and sites that no longer exist like the 69th Street Annex.
Archive Collection Highlights
Architectural Drawings The Archives holds over 36 flat file drawers of architectural drawings, which detail some of the following major construction projects: construction of the Main Building, renovation of the Reliance Life Insurance Building into the Perelman Building, construction of the Parking Garage, and installation of period rooms
Special Format: Photographs Collection During the construction of the museum's main building in Fairmount, a series of images were taken to document the process. Some images have been digitized and are available in ArtStor. Just search "construction".
Contact the Archives with the collection names and box numbers you wish to examine.
Some aerial views of the museum's construction are owned by the Free Library of Philadelphia and can be found in their Digital Collections.
PAB provides authoritative information on Philadelphia buildings and designers, incorporating data and images from the collections of Philadelphia-area repositories, including the museum. An annual subscription provides access to high-resolution digital images on the website.
The Free Library has been digitizing its collections for more than 20 years. Some are bespoke projects from the early days that add a great deal of context to discreet collections. When you click on those collections from the landing page you will see a “Learn More” link that will take you to the more detailed content.