Curtis Center Gets Historical Marker Honoring Dream Garden Artist

“We’re excited to continue to work to preserve its rich cultural significance.”

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

In a move we imagine will only add to The Curtis Center‘s ongoing spruce-up, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission has honored it with a historical marker in recognition of Dream Garden, the Maxfield Parrish mural adorning the lobby.

In a press release, the president of Keystone Property Group, the firm who partnered with Mack-Cali Realty Corporation for the Curtis’s revitalization, lauded the glass mosaic, which has been on view in the Curtis’s marble lobby since 1916, and its cultural significance:

“Parrish’s Dream Garden has long been central to the allure of The Curtis, and this marker is a fitting tribute to such an exemplary piece of work,” said Bill Glazer, President of Keystone Property Group, which acquired The Curtis in 2014 in partnership with Mack-Cali. “As we redevelop and revitalize this iconic building into a vibrant mixed-use hub, we’re excited to continue to work to preserve its rich cultural significance.”

Photo courtesy of Beckerman PR.

Photo courtesy of Beckerman PR.

The marker was unveiled during a Wednesday dedication outside The Curtis, with Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts representatives and city and state officials in attendance. Parrish, a Philadelphia native and master illustrator who pioneered commercial and graphic art, is a PAFA alumnus. The piece’s new distinction is a special one considering PHMC’s Historical Marker Program approves a limited percentage of the requests it receives.

Cyrus Curtis, publisher of the Saturday Evening Post, commissioned the 100,000-piece mosaic (which extends by 15 x 49 feet) for the lobby of his Curtis Publishing Company Building’s Philadelphia headquarters in 1915.

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