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Washington Square West

    • Society Hill Playhouse, June 2016

New proposal surfaces to replace Society Hill Playhouse

Now that Toll Brothers has abandoned residential development plans for the site of the Society Hill Playhouse and the parking garage across the street, a new developer is moving on the…

    • Washington Square | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

On Washington Square: From 'pervert park' to classic cultural landscape

In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

    • Rendering of Cambria Hotel at ground level | DAS Architects

Civic Design Review approves two South Broad projects

In a speedy meeting on Tuesday afternoon, members of the Civic Design Review Board heard presentations on two medium-sized projects — a boutique hotel and an apartment building — that promise to…

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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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