The Independence Square Neighborhood: Historical Notes on Independence and Washington Squares, Lower Chestnut Street, and the Insurance District along Walnut Street, in Philadelphia, Together with Some Account of the Buildings, Events, and Personages of State House Row

The Independence Square Neighborhood: Historical Notes on Independence and Washington Squares, Lower Chestnut Street, and the Insurance District along Walnut Street, in Philadelphia, Together with Some Account of the Buildings, Events, and Personages of State House Row

The Independence Square Neighborhood: Historical Notes on Independence and Washington Squares, Lower Chestnut Street, and the Insurance District along Walnut Street, in Philadelphia, Together with Some Account of the Buildings, Events, and Personages of State House Row

The Independence Square Neighborhood: Historical Notes on Independence and Washington Squares, Lower Chestnut Street, and the Insurance District along Walnut Street, in Philadelphia, Together with Some Account of the Buildings, Events, and Personages of State House Row

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When the provincial authorities of Pennsylvania had builded their State House on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, and had planned to add a City Building and a County Building on the same plot of ground, with the thought that the finest public edifice in the British Colonies should have a dignified setting they acquired enough additional ground to extend the State House Yard to Walnut Street, thus providing a full city square. This Yard, as they wrote into the deed of 1769, was "to remain a publick greene and walke forever;" and Independence Square,--together with its corner-to-corner neighbor, Washington Square, which had been set aside by William Penn,--stands to this day in the full spirit of the ideal of the founder of the city for a "greene country towne."

Independence Square to-day is still meadowed with pleasant lawn shaded by tall trees; it still has broad flag-stoned walks and. iron hitching posts; and it is still terraced by a low brick wall and fronted by the lovely State House Row. But it is more than a mere . . .

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