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

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738557434
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,374,150
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
The Early Years: 1682-1865     9
The Gilded Age: 1866-1912     23
The Religious Life: Rittenhouse Square Churches     45
The Social Life: Rittenhouse Square Institutions     63
The Years of Change: 1913-1949     83
Modern Rittenhouse Square: 1950 to the Present     105
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  • Posted July 17, 2009

    A must for anyone who has lived in the center city area of Phila,PA.

    Having grown up near Rittenhouse Square it was a delight to read, look at the photos and remember those wonderful days.

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