Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)
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Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

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by Robert Morris Skaler, Thomas H. Keels
     
 

During the Gilded Age, Rittenhouse Square was home to Philadelphia's high society, with more millionaires per square foot than any other American neighborhood except New York's Fifth Avenue. Established by William Penn in 1682 as the South-West Square and renamed after astronomer David Rittenhouse in 1825, Rittenhouse Square and its environs changed from an

Overview


During the Gilded Age, Rittenhouse Square was home to Philadelphia's high society, with more millionaires per square foot than any other American neighborhood except New York's Fifth Avenue. Established by William Penn in 1682 as the South-West Square and renamed after astronomer David Rittenhouse in 1825, Rittenhouse Square and its environs changed from an isolated district of brickyards and workers' shanties into the city's most elegant and elite neighborhood between 1845 and 1865. The brownstone and marble mansions on the square itself were inhabited by the city's wealthiest and most prestigious families, with names like Biddle, Cassatt, Drexel, Stotesbury, and Van Rensselaer. As Philadelphia's upper classes fled to the suburbs in the early 20th century, their mansions were replaced by skyscrapers or taken over by cultural institutions like the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Curtis Institute of Music. While only a few original residences remain on Rittenhouse Square, it is still the center of a lively upscale neighborhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738557434
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
608,746
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Meet the Author


Robert Morris Skaler is a forensic architect and historian. He is the author of West Philadelphia: University City to 52nd Street, Philadelphia's Broad Street: South and North, and Society Hill and Old City for Arcadia. Thomas H. Keels is a Philadelphia writer and historian who coauthored Chestnut Hill with Elizabeth Farmer Jarvis and authored Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries for Arcadia.

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Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gabell More than 1 year ago
Having grown up near Rittenhouse Square it was a delight to read, look at the photos and remember those wonderful days.