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Washington Square West

    • Jewelers Row, August 2016

Historical Commission punts again on Jewelers Row

Once again, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission decided to punt on the contentious Jewelers’ Row case. On Friday, the commission tabled their decision on the historic significance of 704 and 706-08 Sansom Street…

    • 702 Sansom Street - looking southwest| SCLE Architects | January 2017

Renderings of Jewelers' Row tower presented to Washington Square West

On Tuesday Toll Brothers released renderings of the condo tower it has planned for Jewelers’ Row. The 29-story, 115-unit building will tower over the surrounding storefronts, which comprise one of the…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

City withdraws proposal to scrap Chestnut Street's art bus shelters

In 1999 the City of Philadelphia commissioned artist Pablo Tauler to adapt 11 bus shelters on Chestnut Street in Center City with site-specific designs. Tauler transformed the drab little pods with…

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ABOUT WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST

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Washington Square West is a neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia. The area spans roughly from 12th to Broad Street and from Market to South Street, enclosing Washington Square in its center. Originally called Southwest Square, Washington Square is one of the original five parks in the city, as designed by William Penn in the 17th century. In the earlier years following its creation, the square was used as a burial ground, a potter’s field, and as a pasture for live stock. Even in 1805, the Square was surrounded mostly by small, temporary huts. Beginning after 1815, numerous improvements were made to the Square, including the addition of a walkway and various tree plantings. The Square was renamed in 1825 in honor of George Washington and his soldiers. During the rest of the 19th century, Victorian townhouses and various businesses were built. In the 20th century, numerous high rise apartment buildings began to surround the square. In 1954, the famous Tomb of the Unknown solider was built to honor Revolutionary War soldiers. Today this neighborhood is a mix of residences, restaurants, bars, and shops, including “Antiques Row” on Pine Street between 11th and 12th Streets. The neighborhood also has an area dubbed "the Gayborhood," known for its friendliness towards the LGBT community.


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Washington Square West Civic Association

US History on Washington Square

Antiques Row

Wikipedia on Washington Square West

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