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Today: One bronze goat statue at Rittenhouse Square. Come autumn: Two

Rittenhouse Square’s goat population is about to double. “Billy,” the small, cast-bronze beast that has been a fixture there for more than a century, is immensely popular among pint-size denizens of…

    • Tayyib Smith and Meegan Denenberg at Pipeline Philly.(Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Black in Rittenhouse and designing for a diverse city

One week ago, the arrest of two black men at a Rittenhouse Square Starbucks pushed a provocative idea about the racialization of urban space into mainstream conversation. Suddenly, millions of people…

    • A rendering of Southern Land Company's 1911 Walnut St. tower.

Rittenhouse Square's last tower moves towards 2019 groundbreaking

A soaring luxury apartment tower planned for the last undeveloped corner of Rittenhouse Square got the green light to move forward from the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on Thursday. The…

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ABOUT RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

Rittenhouse Square is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. It is located in the area surrounding Rittenhouse Square, one of the original five parks that William Penn designed in the 17th century. During the 1700s, cattle and other livestock were frequently seen grazing in the area. It was originally called the Southwest Square, but in 1825 was renamed in honor of David Rittenhouse, Philadelphian astronomer clock maker, and the first director of the United States Mint. In the 1850s, the area surrounding the Square attracted the wealthy “Victorian Aristocracy” of Philadelphia, making it a fashionable residential district populated with numerous townhouses. Many of these Victorian townhouses surrounded the Square up until the 1950s, when the majority of them were knocked down in order to build high rise apartment buildings. Today Rittenhouse Square remains primarily residential, but has many restaurants, bars, shops, and numerous schools and venues for arts and culture. The Square and its surroundings attract people of all different ages and backgrounds, no longer the exclusive residential area it was over 150 years ago.


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Church of the Holy Trinity is an Episcopal church on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Construction is well under way for this 31-story addition to the Avenue of the Arts.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

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