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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.

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1724 SPRUCE ST #5
$1,950,000 
1724 SPRUCE ST #5
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
2,637 sqft
Courtesy of Mary Genovese, 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
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1629 SPRUCE ST
$1,399,900 
1629 SPRUCE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

5,980 sqft
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1632 SPRUCE ST #100
$1,290,000 
1632 SPRUCE ST #100
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 3/1 Baths
2,999 sqft
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PHILADELPHIA, PA

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419 S CARLISLE ST
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419 S CARLISLE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

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311 S SMEDLEY ST
$879,000 
311 S SMEDLEY ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

4 Beds, 2/1 Baths
1,635 sqft
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440 S BROAD ST #1902
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440 S BROAD ST #1902
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2 Beds, 2/0 Baths
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219-29 S 18TH ST #1517
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219-29 S 18TH ST #1517
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
510 sqft
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1821 SPRUCE ST #2
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1821 SPRUCE ST #2
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
500 sqft
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1519 PINE ST #8
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1519 PINE ST #8
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
615 sqft
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2022 LOCUST ST
$6,000 
2022 LOCUST ST
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440 S BROAD ST ##1605
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440 S BROAD ST ##1605
PHILADELPHIA, PA

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440 S BROAD ST #1109
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440 S BROAD ST #1109
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
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1928 RODMAN ST
$2,800 
1928 RODMAN ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

3 Beds, 2/1 Baths
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1637 RODMAN ST
$1,850 
1637 RODMAN ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/0 Bath
780 sqft
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1920 NAUDAIN ST
$1,800 
1920 NAUDAIN ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

2 Beds, 1/1 Bath
1,680 sqft
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1532 RODMAN ST
$1,800 Price reduced from $1,850 (-$50)
1532 RODMAN ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
1,076 sqft
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1701 SOUTH ST #5
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PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 Bed, 1/0 Bath
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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

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