Artist: William Pope Barney (1890-1970)
Before World War I, Barney worked in the firms of Paul Cret and Milton Medary. While working in Medary’s firm he was instrumental in the design of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. During World War I he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and during World War II he was in the Air Corps and the Air Reserve. After World war I, Barney worked in the firm of Frank Miles Day. In 1921 he was awarded the Henry Gillette Woodman Scholarship for study in Europe. He later opened his own firm, and worked under his own name or with partners until his retirement in 1958.
Subject: Whitefield Statue and Memorial Tower
Because Provost William Pepper believed dormitories would be beneficial for students at the University, he sponsored a contest for the design of the dormitories. This 1892 contest was won by Walter Cope and John Stewardson. To create a more vibrant atmosphere, these two architects decided to build the dormitories of red brick and limestone rather than the gray stone used for most buildings already existing on campus. The idea for their design was inspired by the dormitories at several universities in England. The “Quad,” as it is known, was mostly built between 1894 and 1929. The two-block long quad is broken into many houses named for individual donors to the University of Pennsylvania. The Memorial Tower, serving as the gateway to Spruce Street, is at the east end of the large triangle area of the Quad.
In Philadelphia, supporters built a meeting house at Fourth and Arch streets to serve as a charity school and a meeting place for Whitefield’s revivals. Benjamin Franklin attended some of Whitfield’s outdoor revivals in Philadelphia and was impressed by Whitefield’s intellectual abilities. Franklin published some of Whitefield’s writings and became a lifelong friend of Whitefield. And in 1749, Franklin chose the Whitefield meeting house, with its Charity School, to be purchased as the site of the newly formed Academy of Philadelphia which opened in 1751, followed in 1755 with the College of Philadelphia, both the predecessors of the University of Pennsylvania.
Architects: Cope and Stewardson