Art Museum or Fairmount is in the North Philadelphia area of Philadelphia. The name “Fairmount” itself derives from the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Art Museum now sits, and where William Penn originally intended to build his own manor house. Later, the name was applied to the street originally called Hickory Lane that runs from the foot of Fairmount hill through the heart of the neighborhood. The area is sometimes referred to as the “Art Museum Area,” for its proximity to and association with the Museum. Most people recognize the Art Museum specifically from the motion picture “Rocky” when Sylvester Stallone would run up the step of the front of building as part his daily workout routine.
Art Museum Area Boundaries
Boundaries, for real estate purposes, are Vine Street to the South, Girard Avenue to the North, the Schuylkill River to the West, and Broad Street to the East. Art Museum Area encompasses the Fairmount, Spring Garden, Franklintown, and Francisville neighborhoods.