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Center City District

The Center City District is bound by the Delaware river to the east, Schuylkill river to the west, Vine Street to the north and South Street to the south. Within these boundaries is the central business area and neighborhoods. Among Center City's neighborhoods and districts are Penn's Landing, Old City, Society Hill, Washington Square West,  Chinatown, Logan Circle, Rittenhouse Square, and Fitler Square.

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City Hall Philadelphia

The majority of the city’s tallest buildings are located in this district. Until 1987, City Hall was the tallest building (second tallest masonry building in the world). By an understood "gentlemen's agreement"  other buildings built around City Hall remained below Penn’s statue (on top of City Hall). Then One Liberty Place was built and the “agreement” was broken. Seven other skyscrapers are found in the business district including, Two Liberty Place, Mellon Bank Center, Verizon Tower and the Comcast Center which was completed in 2007. The buildings in the district house the stock exchange, corporate headquarters, banks as well as the Philadelphia Convention Center. Along Broad Street that divides the district into east and west is the Avenue of the Arts, where are found the city's leading performing arts and cultural venues. On almost any night one can enjoy the opera, orchestra, theater, jazz and fine dining.

Center City Philadelphia

Penn's Landing

Penn's LandingPenn’s Landing is the waterfront areas of the Center City District. From Front street to the Delaware river and along the 3rd street corridor from Market to Vine, this area is historically where William Penn and the Quakers first landed in 1688. I95 divides this area from the city and it is the location of several summertime events and activities. Several historic ships are moored including the Moshula (floating restaurant), submarine Decuna (WWII era), USS Olympia (Spanish Penn's Landing viewAmerican War era) the Gazeza (barqueritine), the tugboat Jupiter and at pier 82 the SS United States. This passenger liner was built in 1952, made several cross Atlantic trips and was retired in 1969 with the record of being the fastest passenger liner

 

 

Olde City - Independence Mall

Olde City PhiladelphiaThe boundary of Olde City is 3rd street to the east, 7th street to the west, Walnut street to the south and Vine street to the north. This is where historically William Penn and the Quakers first settled. This area includes the Independence Mall (Constitution Center with the Liberty Bell) and the Independence National Park (includes the Betsy Ross house, Elfeth’s Alley, Independence Hall and other historic buildings).Independence Hall

It is one of the city's popular nightlife destinations, with many lounges, dive bars, and quality restaurants mostly along the three blocks from 3rd and Market streets to Front and Chestnut streets. The popular monthly First Friday event features open houses by many neighborhood art/design galleries and clothing boutiques. The 3rd Street Corridor, between Market Street and Vine Street, is home to many locally owned independent businesses.

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Society Hill

Society Hill PhiladelphiaThe neighborhood known as Society Hill is located between Walnut and Lombard, and Front to 7th Street. It was named after the Free Society of Traders who had offices at Front and Dock Creek. It became a popular area being located near both the Delaware River and historic Civic Center. This area contains the largest concentration of original 18th and 19th century architecture in the Federal and Georgian style.Society Hill rowhouses

The area overlaps with the Washington Square West and Washington Square is in the northwest corner of the neighborhood. Among the historic brick houses, several market halls, taverns and churches were built. Churches include the Baptist church built in 1829 (now the Society Hill Synagogue) and St. Peter’s Church (1758-1761).

 

Washington Square West

Washington SquareSouth of the Olde city is the neighborhood of Washington Square West, from the Square (named for George Washington) in the NE corner(7th street) along Walnut to Broad and south to South Street. It is another of the “planned” squares designed for the city by William Penn. During the historic period, it was used for grazing animals and as a burial area for African Americans, American Revolution and the Yellow Fever epidemic.Washington Sq. West

Later its proximately to the historic civic center made it a desirable residential area Along with townhouses that were built,  an array of shops, restaurants and cafes were constructed which add character to the neighborhood.

Businesses include the area of Antiques Row (along Pine Street) and Jewelers Row (Sansom Street) a grouping of independently owned offering an unique shopping experience. A smaller park is also found in the area, named Kahn park after the Philadelphia architect Louis Kahn.

Chinatown

Chinatown Friendship Gate PhiladelphiaChinatown PhiladelphiaChinatown covers only 9 square blocks (between Arch Street to Vine and 7th to 12th Streets), but is the 4th largest in the US. It is a thriving urban village of predominately Asian Americans with gift shops, markets and restaurants offering Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Burmese, Thai and other cultures. There are over 50 restaurants, churches, Buddhist temples and markets within this tight knit group.

The Friendship Gate is a symbol of the area. It is part of a cultural agreement between Philadelphia and its sister city Tianyin, China. It was built in 1983-84 with materials from China and by artisans from Tianyin. Themes of mythical creatures and graphic patterns typical to Ming and Qing Dynasties were used. A procession of mythical animals is featured on tiles, each with its own significance: the phoenix ensures good luck, and the dragon, with the magical power retaining water in its mouth, protects the structure of the Gate and the community from Fire. The four traditional Chinese characters on both sides of the Gate are, "????" (Fèichéng huá bù), which means Philadelphia Chinatown. The yearly Chinese New Year parade passes trough this gate and down the street to bring good luck to the residents.

Logan Circle/Square

Logan Square NeighorhoodAnother open space park and one of five planned for the city by William Penn. The Square was originally bound by Race to Vine and between 20th and 22nd. Historically it was the site of public executions and burial plots until the early 19th century. In 1825 it was renamed Logan Square after a 18th century mayor – James Logan.

Logan Circle fountainThe Circle was constructed in the 1920’s in the original area of the square. In the center of the circle is the Swann Memorial Fountain. The surrounding neighborhood (Market to Vine and Schuylkil to 16th Street) includes the Free Library of Philadelphia, Academy of Naturals Sciences, Franklin Institute and the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

Westminster Arch Apartments

 

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse SquareRittenhouse Square is a gem in the heart of Philadelphia: a green, leafy oasis, bounded by Walnut Street, 18th and 20th Streets, Locust and Spruce. 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. Rittenhouse Square was renamed in 1825 after ia member from the Rittenhouse family that includes the first paper-maker in Philadelphia, a clockmaker and friend of the American Revolution, as well as a noted astronomer.Rittenhouse Square - Buildings

A variety of buildings, most of them architecturally notable, surrounds the park: elegant turn-of-the-century apartment buildings, brownstones, and the mansions surround the park. It is an energetic commercial district and elegant residential quarter. Among the stately apartment and condo buildings, high-rises, luxury hotels are shops, restaurants (with sidewalk seating) and cafes. Cultural institutes include the Curtis Institute of Music, University of the Arts, Art Alliance and the Rosenbach Museum and Library. During the Christmas holidays the Square is illuminated with spheres of lights in the trees and a large lit Christmas tree at is center.

Fitlers Square

Fitler Square PhiladelphiaThe heart of the area is Fitler Square,  a city park that is between 23rd and 24th, and Panama and Pine Streets. Inside the park are several metal sculptures:  the Three Turtles, Grizzly Bear and the Ram. In the center of the park is a beautiful Victorian ear foundtain.Fitler Sq. fountain

Surrounding the park is a charming neighborhood of the tree-lined streets and 19th century townhouses. In beween townhouses are restaurants, variety shops and small businesses. The Square is the site for annual seasonal events and acitivities including the Spring Fair, Easter Egg hunt, Halloween party and Christmas tree lighting.

 

Ffitler Square neighborhood

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