Rittenhouse Square has represented the ultimate in urban living since the mid 1800’s, when it served as the fashionable home base for Philadelphia’s Victorian aristocracy. From impeccably maintained 19th century row houses to grand apartment buildings, from cutting-edge condos to Italianate mansions, Center City’s most sought after addresses have always been found “on the square.”
With its unsurpassed balance of residential and commercial uses, stunning natural beauty, and range of architecture, Rittenhouse Square exudes a prototypically European sense of style, history and civic pride. The Square itself—one of William Penn’s five original open-space parks— serves as a gathering place for the entire city, its six beautifully maintained acres a blossom-laden backyard of lush lawns and linden trees, bronze sculptures and a central reflecting pool.
With over 200 shops, restaurants, galleries, spa-salons and high-end hotels—plus the Shops at Liberty Place—Rittenhouse Square is undoubtedly Philadelphia’s most stylish commercial district. Trend-leading boutiques and flagship retail stores line the stretch of Walnut Street known as “Rittenhouse Row,” attracting shoppers and tourists from around the world. And arts and culture thrive here too, from intimate concerts at the renowned Curtis Institute to myriad theater, opera and musical performances along the Avenue of the Arts—especially at the acclaimed Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home of the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra.