Philadelphia - Center City

Center City Scenes
Liberty Place
Blue Cross
Mellon Bank Center
Market Street
Rittenhouse Square History
Rittenhouse Square, one of William Penn's original five, was known as the southwest square until 1825 when it was named for the astronomer-clockmaker, David Rittenhouse (1732-96). The first house facing the Square was erected in 1840. During its next century the Square kept its residential quality. In 1913, the architect Paul Cret, who was one of the men responsible for Benjamin Franklin Parkway and many of its buildings, designed the Square's entrances, central plaza with the stone railings, pool and fountain. To have lived near or on the Square was a mark of prestige.

From Rittenhouse Square
just a block west
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Masonic Temple
Home of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. Since its dedication in 1873, this architectural wonder has attracted millions of visitors to the mother city of Freemasonry in America.

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