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, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,916 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1901
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  2. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,900 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  3. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,252 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  4. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Listing with: Abbolone & Scullin Realty-Philadelphia
  5. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 3,432 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
  6. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 1,825 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1874
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  8. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,778 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Listing with: Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc
  9. 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
  10. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 894 sq ft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: Keller Williams Main Line Realty
  11. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,824 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
  12. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,608 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
  13. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,028 sq ft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  14. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,063 sq ft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  15. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 880 sq ft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  16. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 700 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford
  17. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 814 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  18. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 871 sq ft
    Year built: 1902
    Listing with: Redfin Corporation
  19. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  20. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 651 sq ft
    Year built: 2008
    Listing with: Keller Williams Realty Devon-Wayne
  21. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,005 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Listing with: Elfant Wissahickon-Rittenhouse Square
  22. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 865 sq ft
    Year built: 1997
    Listing with: Allan Domb Real Estate
  23. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 387 sq ft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Keller Williams Philly

See all Real estate in the Fitler Square tract.
(all data current as of 9/26/2017)

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