In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a section of the Center City district is home to the historical and picturesque Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, known for its elegant townhomes, exclusive hotels, luxury high-rise apartment buildings, and an assortment of local businesses, stylish boutiques, and trendy restaurants.
As one of the prettiest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square is situated on the west side of Broad Street. Anyone who has spent time here knows that the real heart of this area is a leafy green public park of the same name that stretches between Walnut Street and Rittenhouse Square South and is bordered by 16th and 18th Streets to the East and West.
Considered one of the first urban parks in the United States, the picturesque park is one of the original five green spaces throughout the city that were planned by the founder of Philadelphia, William Penn, in the 17th century. (His statue is currently perched atop the City Hall building nearby on Broad Street). Early on, this park was called “Southwest Square,” and the name was later changed to honor David Rittenhouse, a notable astronomer, instrument maker, and leader in the country’s revolutionary efforts.