One of the five original public squares in Philadelphia planned by William Penn, Logan Square was originally called Northwest Square and was later renamed Logan Square in honor of Philadelphia statesman James Logan. The area was used for public executions and burial plots until the early 19th century. Also known as Logan Circle, the park features beautiful gardens and the exquisite Swann Memorial Fountain at the center of the circle. The fountain, by sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder and designed with architect Wilson Eyre, memorializes Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, founder of the Philadelphia Fountain Society. Calder created large Native American figures to symbolize the region's three major waterways, the Delaware, the Schuylkill, and the Wissahickon.
Several of Philadelphia’s historic institutions are located on the square, including the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Franklin Institute, Moore College of Art and Design, and the Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
A lovely place to visit any time of year, Logan Square is most beautiful in the spring when the large paulownia trees are in bloom.