Rittenhouse Square

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Rittenhouse Square

Gwangho Kim

Rittenhouse Square is a pearl in central Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Square is bounded by Walnut Street to the north, 18th Street to the east, South Rittenhouse Street to the south, and West Rittenhouse Street to the west in southwestern corner of Philadelphia’s Center City 그림 1 Rittenhouse square area map

The most inviting of William Penn's original five public squares, Rittenhouse Square brings together all of Center City Philadelphia's southwest quadrant, a vibrant neighborhood of shops, offices, homes, schools, hotels, and cultural institutions. This mixture of uses and the surrounding buildings provides a constant source of people who use the square throughout the day and evening.

This ever-present activity and the reasons for it led Jane Jacobs, the famous urbanist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, to call Rittenhouse Square "the perfect neighborhood." History

In 1682, when William Penn asked his surveyor to draw up a city plan, it included five “squares” or open spaces that reflected the statesman’s desire for a “green country town.” There was one in the center and others at each corner of the growing town.

Rittenhouse Square was originally called Southwest Square due to its location in that part of the city. Like the other squares, it often provided a place for livestock to roam though it was never used as a burial ground, which was the case with the other squares.

In 1816, the residents of this popular square asked that it be enclosed by a fence and raised funds to do so. In the next several decades, trees and walkways were added as were the first houses facing the square. The name of Southwest Square was changed in 1825 to honor David Rittenhouse, a Philadelphia astronomer and instrument maker.

By 1850, Rittenhouse Square was indeed the most fashionable place to live in Philadelphia, and by the turn of the century, it was known to boast a variety of colorful Victorian...
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