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Rittenhouse Square

    • Fitler Square morning, April 2014

Fitler Square refreshed

“They’re back and they’re beautiful,” said Cecil Smith, enjoying his first spring morning in Fitler Square, sitting on one of the square’s 14 new benches. Smith says he enjoys the atmosphere…

    • Conceptual design for 22nd/Market memorial park

Aspirations for 22nd and Market memorial park design

On the morning of June 5, 2013 six people died when a wall being carelessly demolished collapsed onto the Salvation Army store next door, at the corner of 22nd and Market…

    • Boyd Theatre interior | Jeremy Marshall

Reckoning with the Boyd Theatre's final bow

It looks like curtains for the historic Boyd Theatre, the shuttered Art Deco movie palace at 19th and Chestnut, and its case brings up tough questions about the political and public…

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ABOUT RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

Rittenhouse Square is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. It is located in the area surrounding Rittenhouse Square, one of the original five parks that William Penn designed in the 17th century. During the 1700s, cattle and other livestock were frequently seen grazing in the area. It was originally called the Southwest Square, but in 1825 was renamed in honor of David Rittenhouse, Philadelphian astronomer clock maker, and the first director of the United States Mint. In the 1850s, the area surrounding the Square attracted the wealthy “Victorian Aristocracy” of Philadelphia, making it a fashionable residential district populated with numerous townhouses. Many of these Victorian townhouses surrounded the Square up until the 1950s, when the majority of them were knocked down in order to build high rise apartment buildings. Today Rittenhouse Square remains primarily residential, but has many restaurants, bars, shops, and numerous schools and venues for arts and culture. The Square and its surroundings attract people of all different ages and backgrounds, no longer the exclusive residential area it was over 150 years ago.


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Church of the Holy Trinity is an Episcopal church on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Construction is well under way for this 31-story addition to the Avenue of the Arts.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

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