The Union League of Philadelphia is an exclusive private club that dates back to the 1860’s. It was founded as a patriotic society to support the policies of President Abraham Lincoln. Back in the 1800s there were many Union Leagues, but now this club is one of three such organizations in the United States. The League has hosted U.S. presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe—and now ME. Yay!!
It was a delight to visit this fantastic historic site with my Questers group (look for more info about Questers in an upcoming post).
I had often admired the exterior of this Victorian gem, when visiting the city of Philadelphia. Its iconic Broad Street façade is so dramatic with the mansard roof and gorgeous rusty coloring.
Once inside, the treasures await.
Priceless American treasures fill every nook and cranny. There are so many ballrooms, chock full of glorious portraits, paintings, sculptures and furnishings. Rich leather, patinated wood, and polished marble delight the eyes. Many, many presidential portraits ring the walls of the presidential gallery (nearly all are Republicans–as this is a predominantly Republican institution). Inside the League there’s also a 25,000+ volume library. There are choices of traditional and modern dining facilities for members’ enjoyment and a fantastic smoking lounge for cigar aficionados. The League occupies an entire city block in the center of Philadelphia’s commercial and cultural district. It’s approximately one-quarter million square feet in size and is spread out over eight floors with entrances on all sides. What a pleasure it was to get an exclusive, private tour of this amazing collection! I get so much inspiration for my work from visiting beautiful historic places like this. All of the photographs seen here were taken by me on March 15th, 2014.
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