Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th century in central Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The park cuts off 19th Street at Walnut Street and also at a half block above Manning Street. Its boundaries are 18th Street to the East, Walnut St. to the north, Rittenhouse Square West (a north-south boundary street), and Rittenhouse Square South (an east-west boundary street), making the park approximately two short blocks on each side. Originally called Southwest Square, Rittenhouse Square was renamed in 1825 after David Rittenhouse, a descendant of the first paper-maker in Philadelphia, the German immigrant William Rittenhouse. William Rittenhouse’s original paper-mill site is known as Rittenhousetown, located in the rural setting of Fairmount Park along Paper Mill Run. David Rittenhouse was a clockmaker and friend of the American Revolution, as well as a noted astronomer; a lunar crater is named after him.

History

In the early nineteenth century, as the city grew steadily from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River, it became obvious that Rittenhouse Square would become a highly desirable address. James Harper, a merchant and brick manufacturer who had recently retired from the United States Congress, was the first person to build on the square, buying most of the north frontage, erecting a stately townhouse for himself at 1811 Walnut Street (c. 1840). Having thus set the patrician residential tone that would subsequently define the Square, he divided the rest of the land into generously proportioned building lots and sold them. Sold after the congressman’s death, the Harper house became the home of the exclusive Rittenhouse Club, which added the present facade in c. 1901.

Today, the tree-filled park is surrounded by high rise residences, luxury apartments, an office tower, a few popular restaurants, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a Barneys Co-Op, and two hotels, including a five-star. Its green grasses and dozens of benches are popular lunch-time destinations for residents and workers in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood, while its lion and goat statues are popular gathering spots for small children and their parents. The park is a popular dog walking destination for area residents, as was shown in the fictional film In Her Shoes. The Square was discussed in a favorable light by Jane Jacobs in her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Rittenhouse Square Boundaries

Rittenhouse Square neighborhood boundaries for real estate purposes are 22nd street to the West, Broad Street to the East, Market Street to the North and South Street to the South.


Property Listings in Rittenhouse Square

  1. 3 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 5,025 sq ft
    Year built: 1931
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC 1818 Rittenhouse
  2. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,166 sq ft
    Year built: 2010
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  3. 6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 6,500 sq ft
    Year built: 1911
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  4. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,374 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,742 sqft
    Listing with: Allan Domb Real Estate
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 4,166 sq ft
    Year built: 2010
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  6. 2 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,844 sq ft
    Year built: 1911
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  7. 6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 8,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 1865
    Listing with: Century 21 Veterans-Newtown
  8. 3 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,166 sq ft
    Year built: 2010
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  9. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,804 sq ft
    Year built: 1960
    Listing with: Bryant & Wilde Realty, LLC
  10. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,561 sq ft
    Year built: 1926
    Listing with: Allan Domb Real Estate
  11. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 7,155 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 1860
    Listing with: Kurfiss Sotheby's Int'l Realty-Bryn Mawr
  12. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,954 sq ft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  13. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,789 sq ft
    Year built: 1926
    Listing with: Allan Domb Real Estate
  14. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,800 sq ft
    Year built: 1991
    Listing with: Dranoff Properties Realty Inc
  15. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,588 sq ft
    Year built: 2009
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  16. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  17. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 7,420 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 1867
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  18. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 7,420 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 1867
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  19. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,294 sq ft
    Year built: 2009
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  20. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,209 sq ft
    Year built: 2010
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  21. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,384 sq ft
    Year built: 1926
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  22. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,640 sq ft
    Year built: 1910
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  23. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,420 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,602 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  24. 3 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 3,820 sq ft
    Year built: 1926
    Listing with: Allan Domb Real Estate
  25. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,950 sq ft
    Year built: 1990
    Listing with: Dranoff Properties Realty Inc

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(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

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