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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

2322 SPRUCE ST
$2,750,000 
2322 SPRUCE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

9 Beds, 9/0 Baths
4,800 sqft
Courtesy of Marc Hammarberg, 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
1923 DELANCEY PL
$1,250,000 
1923 DELANCEY PL
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 3/0 Baths
2,048 sqft
Courtesy of Laurie Phillips, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2217-19 DELANCEY PL #2
$925,000 
2217-19 DELANCEY PL #2
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,446 sqft
Courtesy of William Grubb, BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford
600 S 24TH ST #511
$759,900 
600 S 24TH ST #511
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 2/0 Baths
1,379 sqft
Courtesy of Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
2416 PANAMA ST
$719,000 
2416 PANAMA ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/0 Baths
1,500 sqft
Courtesy of Patrick O'Connell, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
402 S 25TH ST
$649,000 
402 S 25TH ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/1 Bath
1,370 sqft
Courtesy of Olenka Santore, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #2311
$499,900 
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #2311
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
919 sqft
Courtesy of Brian Stetler, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
224 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #716
$439,900 
224 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #716
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
848 sqft
Courtesy of Lavinia Smerconish, BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr
2429-41 LOCUST ST #608
$425,000 
2429-41 LOCUST ST #608
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
814 sqft
Courtesy of Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #814
$380,000 
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #814
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
740 sqft
Courtesy of Patrick Campbell, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
2135 WALNUT ST #504
$215,000 
2135 WALNUT ST #504
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
500 sqft
Courtesy of Jacquie Testa, BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford
520 S 24TH ST
$3,500 
520 S 24TH ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,344 sqft
Courtesy of Eric Fox, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
2429-41 LOCUST ST #304
$2,500 
2429-41 LOCUST ST #304
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 2/0 Baths
1,063 sqft
Courtesy of Stephen Danilla, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
2429-41 LOCUST ST #211
$2,000 
2429-41 LOCUST ST #211
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
934 sqft
Courtesy of Andy Oei, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
415 S VAN PELT ST #F2
$1,995 
415 S VAN PELT ST #F2
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
22,689 sqft
Courtesy of Oriel Zach, BHHS Fox & Roach-Jenkintown
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #509
$1,725 
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #509
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
623 sqft
Courtesy of Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
224 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #2902
$1,545 
224 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #2902
PHILADELPHIA, PA

0 Bed, 1/0 Bath
573 sqft
Courtesy of John Portland, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #1204
$1,425 
224-30 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #1204
PHILADELPHIA, PA

0 Bed, 1/0 Bath
573 sqft
Courtesy of Johanna Loke, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
224 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #2203
$1,250 
224 W RITTENHOUSE SQ #2203
PHILADELPHIA, PA

0 Bed, 1/0 Bath
583 sqft
Courtesy of Joanne Davidow, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

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