In the latest episode of Laurel on the Square, Eva Walker of Southern Land Company and certified local tour guide Karen Sutton highlight the rich history of Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. This renowned square is right on the doorstep for The Laurel’s residents to enjoy and experience.
The history of the square starts with Philadelphia founder William Penn. In 1682, planned to divide the city into five squares, one of which was Rittenhouse Square – this square was named for respected astronomer and inventor David Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse Square was the last to be fully established, and it wasn’t until the 1840s that the first house was built facing the park and settlers began moving into the area. And the rest, as they say, is history – watch the video for details!
The beautiful park is a destination in itself. Designed by Paul Phillipe Cret in 1913, it features ornate pieces of public art. Greek-inspired statues welcome visitors at the entrances and a stunning reflection fountain lies in the center, while century-old trees provide shade to the numerous benches and walking paths enjoyed by residents and visitors each day.
Rittenhouse Square is an ideal destination for The Laurel residents and city dwellers. Whether it be a picnic on the lawn or a morning jog with a friend, the park serves many purposes and hosts plenty of events such as flower markets, art shows, craft fairs and farmer’s markets. In the warm summer months, the Square becomes an outdoor concert venue beneath the stars. In the winter months, the Square decorates every square inch for the holidays. The annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting kicks off the holiday season and has been a cherished tradition by many for decades.
All around the Square, guests can enjoy incredible architecture and Philadelphia’s premier shopping district. Walnut Street is home to shops such as Anthropologie and Vince as well as upscale local restaurants. Timeless Victorian mansions line the streets intermixed with modern-day skyscrapers. Rittenhouse Square puts a whole new spin on Center City Philadelphia living.
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