Fitler Square was named for late 19th century Philadelphia mayor Edwin Henry Fitler. The neighborhood surrounds the square park, bounded roughly by 21st Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Locust Street on the north, and South Street on the south.
To the east of this neighborhood is the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood; to the west is the neighborhood of University City, to the south is Graduate Hospital. Today the neighborhood is mostly residential and composed of single-family homes, and it is within a short walk of the commercial areas of Center City.
Residents gather in Fitler Square for annual events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the Spring Fair, a Halloween party and a Christmas tree lighting and, from mid-May to early November, a bustling farmer’s market is great for mingling with friends or preparing for a festive meal. Homes, not exceeding four stories, are well-maintained and sit on tree-lined streets.
Historical residences include those of war journalist and novelist Richard Harding Davis, Joseph H. Horn, one of the founders of Horn and Hardart, and the home and then library/museum of the Rosenbach Brothers. Today, real estate opportunities range from the mid $300,000s for a two-bedroom, two-bath unit and upwards of $3 to $5 million for a four-bedroom, 5,000-plus-square-foot rowhome.