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Rittenhouse Square

 Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th century in central Philadelphia. The park is widely considered one of the finest urban public spaces in the United States.

The square cuts off 19th Street at Walnut Street and also at a half block above Manning Street. Its boundaries are 18th Street to the East, Walnut St. to the north, Rittenhouse Square West (a north-south boundary street), and Rittenhouse Square South (an east-west boundary street), making the park approximately two short blocks on each side.

Originally called Southwest Square, Rittenhouse Square was renamed in 1825 after David Rittenhouse, a descendant of the first paper-maker in Philadelphia, the German immigrant William Rittenhouse.[2] William Rittenhouse's original paper-mill site is known as Rittenhousetown, located in the rural setting of Fairmount Park along Paper Mill Run. David Rittenhouse was a clockmaker and friend of the American Revolution, as well as a noted astronomer; a lunar crater is named after him.

In the early nineteenth century, as the city grew steadily from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River, it became obvious that Rittenhouse Square would become a highly desirable address. James Harper, a merchant and brick manufacturer who had recently retired from the United States Congress, was the first person to build on the square, buying most of the north frontage, erecting a stately townhouse for himself at 1811 Walnut Street (c. 1840). Having thus set the patrician residential tone that would subsequently define the Square, he divided the rest of the land into generously proportioned building lots and sold them. Sold after the congressman's death, the Harper house became the home of the exclusive Rittenhouse Club, which added the present facade in c. 1901.

Today, the tree-filled park is surrounded by high rise residences, luxury apartments, an office tower, a few popular restaurants, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a Barneys Co-Op, and two hotels, including a five-star. Its green grasses and dozens of benches are popular lunch-time destinations for residents and workers in Philadelphia's Center City neighborhood, while its lion and goat statues are popular gathering spots for small children and their parents. The park is a popular dog walking destination for area residents, as was shown in the fictional film In Her Shoes. The Square was discussed in a favorable light by Jane Jacobs in her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

The beauty of the Park is due largely to the efforts of Friends of Rittenhouse, a public-private partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Landscaping, lighting, restoration of fountains and fencing—even the installation and stocking of doggie-bag dispensers—are all projects of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. During 2013, the 100th anniversary of architect Paul Cret's redesign of the Square, the Friends of Rittenhouse Square are working to raise record funds for a lighting and preservation initiative. New security cameras have cut down on vandalism, park rangers have helped calm behavior in the Square, and damaged balustrades and stonework are undergoing extensive restoration.

Most Recent Homes for Sale in Rittenhouse 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
1706 RITTENHOUSE SQ #601
$4,900,000 
1706 RITTENHOUSE SQ #601
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 3/3 Baths
4,166 sqft
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440 S BROAD ST #2008
$3,690,000 
440 S BROAD ST #2008
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 3/1 Baths
5,100 sqft
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2022-24 CHANCELLOR ST
$2,350,000 
2022-24 CHANCELLOR ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 3/2 Baths
4,653 sqft
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1725 SPRUCE ST
$1,999,000 
1725 SPRUCE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

5,050 sqft
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1725 SPRUCE ST
$1,999,000 
1725 SPRUCE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

5,050 sqft
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440 S BROAD ST #1608
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440 S BROAD ST #1608
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 2/1 Baths
2,395 sqft
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1515 LOCUST ST #700
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1515 LOCUST ST #700
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 3/0 Baths
2,310 sqft
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413 S CARLISLE ST
$1,295,000 
413 S CARLISLE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 2/1 Baths
2,754 sqft
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1730 LOMBARD ST
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1730 LOMBARD ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
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224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #2506
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2 Beds, 2/0 Baths
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3 Beds, 3/1 Baths
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1612 NAUDAIN ST
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1612 NAUDAIN ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
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1618 ADDISON ST
$399,900 Price reduced from $425,000 (-$25,100)
1618 ADDISON ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
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PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
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332 S 15TH ST
$6,000 
332 S 15TH ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

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2001 LOMBARD ST #2
$1,695 
2001 LOMBARD ST #2
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
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2001 LOMBARD ST #1
$1,495 
2001 LOMBARD ST #1
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
713 sqft
Courtesy of Jeffrey Block, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
1806-18 RITTENHOUSE SQ #1807
$1,450 
1806-18 RITTENHOUSE SQ #1807
PHILADELPHIA, PA

0 Bed, 1/0 Bath
398 sqft
Courtesy of Jody Dimitruk, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse

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