Discover Historic Rittenhouse Square in Downtown Philadelphia
Rittenhouse Square is one of most renowned districts in downtown Philadelphia. Originally dubbed "the southwest square," this distinctive district was renamed after famed astronomer-clockmaker, David Rittenhouse in 1825. A direct descendant of America's paper mill pioneer, William Rittenhouse, David spent much of his life dedicated to public service where he left his mark in the fields of science, politics and academia, living out his years in the area that now bears his name.
Rittenhouse Square has also gained prominence as an architectural treasure, in large part due to legendary Philadelphia architect Paul Cret, who first designed many of the Square's functional and decorative elements. Cret's artistry transformed the area into the preferred neighborhood of the city's elite social set.
Almost two hundred years later, Rittenhouse Square still embraces and celebrates its long standing tradition of excellence first introduced by its namesake. While private homes are no longer allowed, Rittenhouse Square has emerged in recent years as Philadelphia's trendiest dining and entertainment area. Its historic streets and traditional architecture are now home to acclaimed restaurants, bars and artisan shops. In fact, Rittenhouse Square shopping has taken on a life of its own, and travel guides often point visitors to "Rittenhouse Row" – referring to the national retailers and eclectic boutiques found along Walnut Street. It is this unique blend of innovation and culture that draws travelers from around the world to Rittenhouse Square year after year.
The Latham, Philadelphia's Landmark Rittenhouse Square Hotel
Since first opening its doors in 1970, The Latham has established itself as Philadelphia's most distinctive Rittenhouse Square hotel. Like the Square itself, The Latham Hotel continues to uphold the area's rich heritage while offering guests a distinctive lodging experience at the corner of 17th and Walnut streets. Our luxurious guest rooms and suites have been beautifully modernized with a sophisticated color palette, plush bedding and contemporary comforts including flat screen televisions and complimentary wireless Internet access.
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