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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

2134 SPRUCE ST
$1,985,000 
2134 SPRUCE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

6 Beds, 5/0 Baths
5,712 sqft
Courtesy of Patrick Campbell, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
2128 DELANCEY PL
$1,750,000 
2128 DELANCEY PL
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
Courtesy of Marc Hammarberg, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
1939 PINE ST
$1,495,000 
1939 PINE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
2,700 sqft
Courtesy of Laurie Phillips, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
408 S 22ND ST
$1,200,000 
408 S 22ND ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

5 Beds, 2/1 Baths
3,252 sqft
Courtesy of Patrick O'Connell, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
202-10 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #1807
$1,049,000 Price reduced from $1,198,000 (-$149,000)
202-10 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #1807
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,854 sqft
Courtesy of Jafar Maleki, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2520-22 SOUTH ST
$1,035,000 
2520-22 SOUTH ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3,432 sqft
Courtesy of Lora Hemphill, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
2520-22 SOUTH ST
$1,035,000 
2520-22 SOUTH ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3,432 sqft
Courtesy of Lora Hemphill, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
2319 LOMBARD ST
$925,000 
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
$599,000 
511 S 22ND ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,290 sqft
Courtesy of Kieran Diamond, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2522 SOUTH ST
$525,000 
2522 SOUTH ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 1/2 Bath
1,824 sqft
Courtesy of Lora Hemphill, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
2520 SOUTH ST
$510,000 
2520 SOUTH ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 0/2 Bath
1,608 sqft
Courtesy of Lora Hemphill, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
2429-41 LOCUST ST #322
$509,000 
2429-41 LOCUST ST #322
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 2/0 Baths
1,028 sqft
Courtesy of Andy Oei, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2517 WAVERLY ST
$450,000 
2517 WAVERLY ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
700 sqft
Courtesy of William Grubb, BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford
2022 LOCUST ST
$6,000 
2022 LOCUST ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 3/3 Baths
3,368 sqft
Courtesy of Marc Hammarberg, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
1928 RODMAN ST
$2,800 
1928 RODMAN ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,950 sqft
Courtesy of Eric Fox, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
415 S VAN PELT ST #F2
$1,950 Price reduced from $2,100 (-$150)
415 S VAN PELT ST #F2
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
22,689 sqft
Courtesy of Oriel Zach, BHHS Fox & Roach-Jenkintown
2214 SAINT JAMES ST ##2
$1,850 Price reduced from $2,000 (-$150)
2214 SAINT JAMES ST ##2
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
850 sqft
Courtesy of Gregory Damis, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
1920 NAUDAIN ST
$1,800 
1920 NAUDAIN ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/1 Bath
1,680 sqft
Courtesy of Frank DeFazio, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
224-226 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #1504
$1,595 
224-226 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #1504
PHILADELPHIA, PA

0 Bed, 1/0 Bath
540 sqft
Courtesy of Patrick O'Connell, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2135 WALNUT ST #504
$1,350 
2135 WALNUT ST #504
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
500 sqft
Courtesy of Jacquie Testa, BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn

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