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A Fashionable Promenade

 
 
A Fashionable Promenade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. A Fashionable Promenade Marker
Inscription. In the 17th century, when the Square first appeared in the city plan, streams drained into a deep gully in front of you. Then, beginning in 1833, geometric paths invited visitors into a leveled square planted with hundreds of trees.
By 1846, Washington Square, with its seats, lamps and ornamental fence, had dramatically changed from the "offensive nuisance" of the 18th century into "a beautiful and fashionable promenade" where adults strolled and children played marbles.
In 1853, American landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing's Rural Essays praised Washington Square, reporting that it had "more well grown specimens and different species of forest trees than any similar space of ground in America."
 
Location. 39° 56.856′ N, 75° 9.084′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Walnut and 6th Streets. Click for map. Marker is on the path from the northeast entrance to the center of Washington Square Park. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Penn's Plan (here, next to this marker); The Capital City (here, next to this marker); Washington Square
Drawing on A Fashionable Promenade marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Drawing on A Fashionable Promenade marker
Washington Square changed many times. By the 19th century visitors could relax or play in "an admirable city arboretum."
(here, next to this marker); Bicentennial Moon Tree (here, next to this marker); In Memory of the Many American Soldiers (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Washington Square (a few steps from this marker); Sorrow and Joy (a few steps from this marker); Linked in Memory (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Washington Square markers.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 972 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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