Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse SquareIn the 19th century Rittenhouse Square was described by a reporter as a place “where many of the abodes of wealth and refinement are to be found.” After over one hundred years, this statement still rings true. Although the enormous elegant mansions that once graced the square and prompted the aforementioned description were razed long ago in favor of high end apartment and condominium buildings, Rittenhouse Square and its surrounding neighborhood remain as some of Philadelphia’s most desirable haunts.

The Rittenhouse Square neighborhood is roughly bordered by Market Street, Broad Street, South Street and 21st Street. Originally named Southwest Square, it was designated Rittenhouse Square in 1825 in honor of the universally talented David Rittenhouse. Today, the serene and masterfully designed Square is bordered by large condominium and apartment buildings dating from both the early 1900s and more modern times. The few remaining 19th century Rittenhouse Square mansions are now used to house cultural institutions such as the Curtis Institute and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

Favorable weather will find residents and visitors alike enjoying this urban oasis and the many cultural activities that take place there throughout the year. With Walnut Street and Philadelphia’s premier shopping district but steps away, there is always a buzz of activity around Rittenhouse Square. Considering the beauty and serenity of the square itself, and the surrounding neighborhood’s culinary, shopping and entertainment offerings, there is little wonder why the area has been called “the perfect urban neighborhood.”