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. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 2,540 sq ft
    Lot size: 30,927 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: Dranoff Properties Realty Inc
  2. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,028 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1928
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  5. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,426 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Keller Williams Realty Center City
  6. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,101 sq ft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
  7. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 983 sq ft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  8. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,005 sq ft
    Year built: 2008
    Listing with: Elfant Wissahickon-Rittenhouse Square
  9. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 679 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Listing with: Allan Domb Real Estate
  10. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 435 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Listing with: Keller Williams Philly
  11. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 387 sq ft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Keller Williams Philly
  12. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 406 sq ft
    Year built: 1963
    Listing with: RE/MAX 2000

See all Real estate in the Fitler Square tract.
(all data current as of 2/21/2018)

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