Item No: pdch00243
Title: Aerial View, Rittenhouse Savoy Apartments
Historic Street Address:
1810 Rittenhouse Square
Print and Picture Collection
Image taken by Philadelphia Evening Bulletin photographer Charles T. Higgins. Notes on the negative's envelope read: "Dec 1953, aerial views, Rittenhouse Savoy Apartments"
This December 1953, image shows an aerial view of the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Center City, Philadelphia. Rittenhouse Square (originally called Southwest Square) is one of William Penn's planned open-space public parks, built in 1683. It is seen in the lower right corner of this photograph. By the late 18th century, the square grew into an upscale historic neighborhood. After World War II, the Victorian residences that ringed the park gave way to high-rises, with the Rittenhouse Square apartment buildings being built in 1951. Among the apartment buildings shown is the Rittenhouse Savoy, the large light-colored apartment house facing the park.
Higgins, Charles - Photographer