Have you ever wondered what those Center City homes look like on the inside?
On Sunday, October 10, satisfy your curious side at the 52nd Annual Center City Residents’ Association Fall House Tour. This is your chance to tour 12 different living spaces in the Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square neighborhoods. The rain or shine walking tour begins at 1 pm and ends at 5 pm, and the $20 ticket includes a map. It's a self-guided tour, so you can check out the houses at your own pace and preference.
Tickets may be pre-purchased with a credit card on the CCRA Website by clicking here or at one of the following locations:
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine Street
Reilly Real Estate, 1737 South Street
Jomici Apothecary, 273 S. 15th Street
Pure Florist Design, 500 S. 22nd Street
CCRA Office, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 705
Fitler Square is truly a hangout for locals who live in the quiet, tree-lined neighborhood that's known as a calmer, more residential cousin of Rittenhouse Square. It's smaller than other squares, but if you venture west for another block, you'll come across tennis courts, fields, two dog parks - one general and one for smaller dogs, and the gorgeous Schuylkill River Garden at the Schuylkill River Park. Every fourth Sunday from April - October, gardeners and residents bring dishes for an outdoor garden potluck there. This makes Fitler Square a nice community hideaway full of outdoor possibilities.
The 23rd and Pine square was named after former Philadelphia mayor Edwin H. Fitler. Inside you'll find an assortment of curious animal statues, such as the Fitler Square Ram, the dangerous Grizzly Bear, and the Family of Turtles, all of which were added in the 1980's. We like a square that has a love for animals and a sense of humor about it. Dogs might be walked in Rittenhouse Square, but at the dog park here, they can really get some exercise in.
Check out the contrast of this lively garden with the tall buildings of Center City standing proudly in the background. This is what we love so much about a rapidly greenified Philadelphia. Urban gardens and farms are what turns any gritty metropolis into a city that has it all - fresher air, more surrounding plantlife, and a populace that is likely to be in a better mood by having green space to enjoy.
Next time you're in Rittenhouse Square, interested in some different scenery or a few minutes of solitude? We suggest walking a few blocks over to Fitler Square.