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Inside-Out Mural & Mosaic Tour

April 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


$20 Hidden City members (Use coupon code HIDDEN at checkout)
$25 General Admission

Inside the Mask & Wig Club’s Grille Room | Photo: Peter Woodall


Mural Arts and Hidden City have teamed up to create a tour that explores the many dimensions of Philadelphia’s wall art by looking at murals both old and new, indoors and on the street, created by Mural Arts and commissioned by others.

Long before the Mural Arts Program rose to national prominence, Philadelphia had a rich artistic culture of illustration and mural making. We’ll examine that legacy by bringing you inside several historic buildings, including two that feature the work of one of Philadelphia’s most popular native artists, Maxfield Parrish. We’ll begin at the Curtis Center, where the Saturday Evening Post was once published, and home to a spectacular mosaic based upon Parrish’s famous painting, Dream Garden.

We’ll also visit the private Mask & Wig Club, America’s oldest all-male collegiate comedy troupe and home to several Parrish murals. The building, which has atmosphere in spades, is worth a look in its own right. During the 19th century it served as a church, a stable and carriage house, and as dissecting rooms for Jefferson Medical College before being converted into the present clubhouse by Wilson Eyre, one of Philadelphia’s finest–and most underrated–architects.

We’ll also be taking a closer look at contemporary murals commissioned by Mural Arts–and the stories behind the buildings whose walls they adorn, including David McShane’s Famous Franks on Dirty Frank’s Bar, which was once owned by a prominent local illustrator, A Tribute to Gloria Cesarez on what was once the Camac Baths, and Personal Melody on 1307 Sansom, a building once home to hosiery mills, hearing aid makers and a house of prostitution.


April 29, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The Curtis Center
601 Walnut St.


Pete Woodall