Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Fashionable Promenade
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,008 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.