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    • Update: Commonwealth Court upholds Dilworth House appeal

Dilworth House can be partly demolished, Court says

It’s been almost eight years since the Philadelphia Historical Commission ruled that the owners of the Dilworth House on Washington Square could remove a portion of the building and replace it…

    • Utility boxes

Center City's unsightly utility boxes are getting dressed up with public art

I had never noticed the ugly brown utility boxes generously distributed around Center City until I started hanging around Geoff Thompson of the This Old City blog last year, and ever…

    • 709 Chestnut | Roseland

Group plans 32-story tower to replace parking lot at 7th and Chestnut

A development partnership involving Parkway Corporation, the parking-garage company run by Joseph and Robert Zuritsky, is planning to replace a surface parking lot at 7th and Chestnut streets with a 32-story…

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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.


RESOURCES

Washington Square West Civic Association

US History on Washington Square

Antiques Row

Wikipedia on Washington Square West

UPCOMING EVENTS IN WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST

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