Recreational area, 18th and Bigler Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1954)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)

Recreational area, 18th and Bigler Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1954)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 85 photographic materials
    22 drawings (including 14 reprographic copies)
    0.04 l.m. of textual records
    1 panel
Scope and content:
This project series documents the design for a play area on18th and Bigler Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was Oberlander's first solo project which she worked on from 1951 to 1954, while still working for Oscar Stonorov. The playground opened in September 1954. The northeast section of the playground was dedicated to adults and older children, with places to sit and spaces for basketball, badminton, bocce and, a horseshoe pit. The southeast quarter was dedicated to smaller children, with play sculptures, water play and, a sand pit.

The project series contains design development drawings, such as landscape plans and site plans with details, working drawings and technical drawings. It also comprises a presentation panel showing the completed playground and the play sculptures, and photographs of the playground. The project is also documented through textual records, such as a folder of correspondence, a project submission, press clippings and copies of articles on the play area.

Source: Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages.

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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States


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