Still 8 Days: No “Historic Object” Nomination
A few weeks ago, Mayor John Street said he wanted to designate The Gross Clinic as an “historic object” using an untested and controversial ordinance. Today, we hear that the City has withdrawn that nomination, days before a debate scheduled at The Philadelphia Historical Commission.
What could this mean?
Could designation have required the painting to remain at Jefferson– making a move to another venue in Philadelphia downright illegal? Could it be that this announcement foreshadows another announcement that the painting is headed up the steps at Fairmount?
Or, are city lawyers worried that the same legal tactic might be used by, say, Lower Merion to prevent the art works of the Barnes Foundation from crossing City Avenue?