Timeline: The History of Washington Square West

  • The Beginning: Philadelphia is rich in history and The Cosmopolitan Luxury Lofts & Apartments are conveniently located just blocks from picturesque Society Hill, Independence Mall, and Old City. For a much more detailed and scholarly historical overview of the beautiful City of Philadelphia, click here.
  • 1950-1960: Washington Square West was given its name by Edmund Bacon in the late 1950s. Bacon was an ambitious urban planner who, in the 1960s, revitalized and renewed what is now considered Washington Square West.
  • 1990s: Due to budget restrictions and regulations, the neighborhood didn’t exactly take off as Bacon had hoped, but in the late 1990s the neighborhood underwent gentrification under Mayor Ed Rendell. Rendell wanted to make Philadelphia a more desirable place to live and visit. He did just that with Washington Square West.
  • Today: After all of the revitalizing and renewing, Washington Square West has come a long way. Today, it is one of the most desirable, vibrant neighborhoods in Center City Philadelphia. It is an ideal place to live for those who work or study at the nearby Jefferson University Hospital or the University of the Arts. It is also a great location for professors at Rutgers Law, as The Cosmopolitan is ideally located close to all of the major transportation hubs, making your commute less of a hassle. With a healthy mix of commercial and residential real estate, the community continues to thrive.

When you live at The Cosmopolitan you will reap all of the benefits of the community including its convenience and comfort. It is a great place for families, young professionals, those studying at one of the nearby universities or anyone just looking to live in a really great neighborhood and truly remarkable city.

The Cosmpololitan located in the heart of Historic Philadelphia