By Washington Square in the Curtis building is a 15 by 49 foot favrile glass mosaic. The light and colors were brought to you by the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The mosaic is based on a painting by Maxfield Parish.
This masterpiece is about a 16 minute walk from City Hall (one of our favorite buildings) in Philadelphia. It won’t take a lot of time to check it out and honestly I always kind of feel like I’m intruding when we have a look see because they are always set up for an event. But it is open to the public to come and admire this work of art which was commissioned by Cyrus Curtis, the publisher of The Saturday Evening Post.
The Dream Garden has been on display since 1916 in the lobby of the Curtis building. Unfortunately, not many know of it’s existence except for those who like to walk off the beaten path. It won’t take much time and if you’d like to have a look-see, take a few extra minutes (it’s across the street from Independence National Historical Park) to admire the beautiful lobby, you will not be disappointed. It’s open Monday-Saturday.
It is one of three works ever produced by Tiffany studios of this size. The piece is composed of 24 panels and took 6 months to install. In 1998, The Dream garden was put up for sale and Steve Wynn, the casino guy tried to purchase it. A citywide cry from Philly canceled the deal (whew!) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts purchased it to make sure it remains where you see it today.
For history about The Curtis Building click here.