Fitler Square
Fitler Square  is a city park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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.

Fitler Square Boundaries

Fitler Square is bounded on bounded 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 Fitler Square is the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood; to the west is University City, home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University; to the south is Graduate Hospital.


Property Listings in Fitler Square

  1. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,916 sq ft
    Lot size: 972 sqft
    Year built: 1901
    Parking spots: 4
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  2. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,330 sq ft
    Lot size: 557 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: Plumer & Associates Inc
  3. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,818 sq ft
    Lot size: 982 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
  4. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,920 sq ft
    Lot size: 784 sqft
    Year built: 1817
    Listing with: Re/Max Platinum-Philadelphia
  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,035 sq ft
    Year built: 2013
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  6. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,300 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: Maxwell Realty Company
  7. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,426 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: The Condo Shop
  8. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 894 sq ft
    Year built: 1917
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: Keller Williams Main Line Realty
  9. 1 bed, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,063 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty
  10. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,063 sq ft
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: Long & Foster-Philadelphia
  11. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 925 sq ft
    Lot size: 750 sqft
    Year built: 1970
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  12. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,608 sq ft
    Lot size: 402 sqft
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  13. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,114 sq ft
    Lot size: 826 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  14. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 865 sq ft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: Allan Domb Real Estate
  15. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Lot size: 320 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
  16. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 650 sq ft
    Lot size: 444 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  17. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 738 sq ft
    Year built: 1867
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  18. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 522 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Listing with: Simple Choice Realty, INC
  19. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 503 sq ft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  20. 0 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 406 sq ft
    Year built: 1957
    Listing with: RE/MAX 2000

See all Real estate in the Fitler Square tract.
(all data current as of 5/25/2017)

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