About Us

The area known as Washington Square West is bounded by the east side of Seventh Street, the north side of Chestnut Street, the east side of Broad Street and the north side of South Street. Map of Washington Square West.

The neighborhood follows William Penn’s original grid layout for the city, with many one-lane and pedestrian side streets added later as the population became more dense. In addition to the block sized Washington Square Park to the East, the neighborhood contains the smaller Kahn Park, named after the Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn.

We’re proud to call Wash West home. It contains historical treasures, yet boasts some of Philadelphia’s trendiest restaurants, shops and gathering places. It is home to diverse residents and notable institutions, including Pennsylvania Hospital–the first hospital in the nation, and Thomas Jefferson University. Perhaps best of all, it’s within walking distance of many of Philadelphia’s famed cultural activities and entertainment options.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the many pioneers who settled in Wash West and shaped it to become the wonderful place it is today. A place where young families want to live, with trees lining the sidewalks, charming row houses, and vibrant retail attractions like historic Antique Row and the jewel in the neighborhood’s crown, the lovely Kahn Park at 11th and Pine. Some of these pioneers and new arrivals are profiled in our video series that tells the story of how Wash West came to be the thriving neighborhood it is today.

The Washington Square West Trust is a charitable organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


For general information, to request reimbursement for a standing grant, or to have your project or organization supported by the Trust, please email us at washwesttrust@outlook.com.


Board of Directors of the Washington Square West Trust

  • John Kelly, President
  • Larry Besnoff
  • Beverly Coleman
  • Annette Earling
  • Jerry Hofer
  • Jeffrey Lichtman
  • Randall Stellwag