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Located between Chestnut and South Streets, between Seventh and Broad Streets, the Washington Square West neighborhood is a beautiful historic area of Philadelphia centered west of Washington Square, filled with rich history, dating back to the city’s founding. The square was one of William Penn’s original five city squares, laid out in 1682.
During Philadelphia’s years as a prominent publishing center, the Washington West neighborhood was Philadelphia’s publishers’ row; several publishers are still located in the neighborhood today.

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Around the corner on Walnut Street is the famous Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest theater in the United States. It has housed the performances of countless famous American actors, including Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda, and Katharine Hepburn.

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Beautiful residential architecture can be seen throughout Washington West in Greek revival homes such as the home of Nicholas Biddle, the nation’s first prominent supporter of a central bank, and the Reynolds-Morris House, a noteworthy red-brick mansion on Locust Street.

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Washington West is also home to Philadelphia’s Antique Row, on Pine Street between Broad and Ninth Streets. This small eclectic shopping district features vintage stores, handmade art and jewelry and, of course, antiques shops. Around the corner, you will find the nation’s oldest hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, now part of Penn Medicine, and a partner with Thomas Jefferson University in training students and providing the city with excellent medical care.

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