SALUT! France Meets Philadelphia



Chronicling the French presence and impact on Philadelphia through its art and artists, as well as through the city's social and political culture


One highly visible example of French influence on the city of Philadelphia is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, modeled on the Champs-Elysees. In Salut!, Lynn Miller and Therese Dolan trace the fruitful, three-centuries-long relationship between the City of Brotherly Love and France. This detailed volume illustrates the effect of Huguenots settling in Philadelphia and 18-year-old William Penn visiting Paris, all the way up through more recent cultural offerings that have helped make the city the distinctive urban center it is today.


Salut! provides a magnifique history of Philadelphia seen through a particular cultural lens. The authors chronicle the French influence during colonial and revolutionary times. They highlight the contributions of nineteenth-century French philanthropists, such as Stephen Girard and the Dupont family. And they showcase the city's vibrant visual arts community featuring works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation, and the Joan of Arc sculpture, as well as studies of artists Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. There is also a profile of renowned Le Bec-Fin chef Georges Perrier, who made Philadelphia a renowned culinary destination in the twentieth century.


480 pp. / 7" x 10"

169 color photos / 2 halftones / 1 map

$40.00T / cloth 978-1-4399-1712-1





   "Salut! documents connections so extensive, so fundamental, that the book  .  .  .  reads like a history of the city told through French eyes  .  .  . 

   "From its founding to the present, Philadelphia has been shaped quietly by French visionaries. Though its French heritage may not be Philadelphia's most obvious characteristic, it's there to be discovered, subtly marking America's first city as uniquely European." In plein sight, by Pamela J. Forsythe, Broad Street Review, December 7, 2020. 


   "Salut! provides readers with a wonderful glimpse into the French flair that Philadelphia has proudly brandished for centuries. As a coffee table book or a serious academic study, it's accessible to a wide variety of readers. and for anyone who has wanted to take pride in Philadelphia's French roots, it's a must-read." Jason Villemez, Philadelphia Gay News, November 30, 2020. 




    Salut! received the annual Art and Architecture Award from the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, April, 2021.