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Fitler Square

Fitler Square is a city park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bounded on the east by 23rd Street, on the west by 24th Street, on the north by Panama Street, and on the south by Pine Street. It is in the southwestern part of Philadelphia’s Center City district. Fitler Square was named for late 19th century Philadelphia mayor Edwin Henry Fitler.

The name “Fitler Square” is also used to describe the neighborhood surrounding the square, bounded roughly by 21st Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Locust Street on the north, and South Street on the south. To the east of this neighborhood is the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood; to the west is the neighborhood of University City, home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University; to the south is Southwest Center City (also known as “South of South” or the “Graduate Hospital area”). The portion of Center City surrounding Fitler Square and nearby Rittenhouse Square is sometimes referred to as “Rit-Fit” after the two parks. A second nickname, “Fittenhouse Square”, was coined by local comedian Niraj Shanbhag during the 1990s.

Before the 1950s the neighborhood was a prime example of the urban blight that had overcome much of the city. The park itself was described as a “mudhole inhabited by drunks and empty bottles”. In the mid-1950s, The Center City Residents’ Association successfully petitioned Mayor Clark to do something about the decline of the neighborhood. Working together, they freed up mortgage money for the construction of new homes and rehabilitation of the neighborhood.

Also threatening the neighborhood was the proposed Crosstown Expressway. The threat of its construction, which would demolish much of the neighborhood, was enough to reduce property values and add to the neighborhoods blight. The Residents’ Association was successful in changing the plans and following years saw drastic neighborhood improvements.

Today the neighborhood is mostly residential and composed of single-family homes, and it is within a short walk of the commercial areas of Center City. On the television show Philly, Kim Delaney‘s character “Kathleen” was portrayed as living in a small apartment building overlooking the park. Hojun Li, co-editor of the film The Sixth Sense, claims to have been inspired by children in Fitler Square.


Most Recent Homes for Sale in Fitler Square, Philadelphia, Pa

2019 DELANCEY PL
$5,785,000 
2019 DELANCEY PL
PHILADELPHIA, PA

5 Beds, 5/4 Baths
7,505 sqft
Courtesy of Joanne Davidow, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
1830-34 RITTENHOUSE SQ #6A
$3,400,000 
1830-34 RITTENHOUSE SQ #6A
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 3/1 Baths
3,954 sqft
Courtesy of Brian Stetler, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
2317 DELANCEY PL
$2,750,000 
2317 DELANCEY PL
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 3/2 Baths
5,300 sqft
Courtesy of Mary Genovese, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2022-24 CHANCELLOR ST
$2,350,000 
2022-24 CHANCELLOR ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 3/2 Baths
4,653 sqft
Courtesy of Patrick Campbell, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
2026 RITTENHOUSE SQ
$2,300,000 
2026 RITTENHOUSE SQ
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 3/1 Baths
3,500 sqft
Courtesy of Mary Genovese, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2061 LOMBARD ST
$1,475,000 
2061 LOMBARD ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 3/1 Baths
3,071 sqft
Courtesy of Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
1920 DELANCEY PL
$1,150,000 
1920 DELANCEY PL
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,800 sqft
Courtesy of Andy Oei, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2516 PINE ST
$995,000 
2516 PINE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,400 sqft
Courtesy of Kieran Diamond, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2319 LOMBARD ST
$900,000 
2319 LOMBARD ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/2 Baths
1,825 sqft
Courtesy of Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
511 S 22ND ST
$589,000 
511 S 22ND ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,290 sqft
Courtesy of Kieran Diamond, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #411
$465,000 
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #411
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
919 sqft
Courtesy of Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
2621 SOUTH ST #5
$425,000 
2621 SOUTH ST #5
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/0 Baths
1,101 sqft
Courtesy of Patrick Campbell, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
2700-14 SOUTH ST #2714
$365,900 
2700-14 SOUTH ST #2714
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 2/0 Baths
960 sqft
Courtesy of Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
2135 WALNUT ST #302
$183,900 
2135 WALNUT ST #302
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
500 sqft
Courtesy of Louise Fischer, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2135 WALNUT ST #301
$178,500 
2135 WALNUT ST #301
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
500 sqft
Courtesy of Louise Fischer, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
1928 RODMAN ST
$2,750 
1928 RODMAN ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,950 sqft
Courtesy of Eric Fox, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
250 S 22ND ST
$2,600 
250 S 22ND ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 2/0 Baths
Courtesy of Patrick O'Connell, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2429-41 LOCUST ST #421
$2,395 
2429-41 LOCUST ST #421
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 2/0 Baths
828 sqft
Courtesy of Andy Oei, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
246 S 22ND ST
$1,975 
246 S 22ND ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
1,035 sqft
Courtesy of Michael Becker, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
2001 LOMBARD ST #2
$1,695 
2001 LOMBARD ST #2
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
765 sqft
Courtesy of Jeffrey Block, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

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