French Quarter, Philadelphia

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French Quarter
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
French Quarter, June 2014.
French Quarter, June 2014.
Philadelphia Neighborhood Map.svg
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

The U.S. city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has an "... area between 17th and 19th Streets" designated as the French Quarter.[1] The official area designation area is between 17th and 18th Streets and Walnut and Sansom Streets.[2] According to the City Paper, the Philadelphia French Quarter "... is one of the few places outside France that supports a thriving French culture."[3] The area is closely tied to the culture of Rittenhouse Square.[1]


In the year 1999, "... the Quarter was officially recognized by the city ... with the addition of subtle orange signs that read, simply, 'French Quarter,' tastefully affixed below the traditional green streets signs at the area’s intersections."[3] The area is a tribute to the French culture that has shaped the city of Philadelphia. The notable first establishments of the French Quarter started with La Colombe at 19th and Walnut and Le Bus, on 18th between Walnut and Sansom, and La Cigale, which is close to Le Bus.[3]


Another view of the French Quarter

The city of Philadelphia is historically rich with artifacts that are reminders of the French culture. "French Philadelphia" as the author puts it, is all around the city from the museums and Rittenhouse Square, which has a "... sculpture Lion Crushing a Serpent by French sculptor Antoine-Louis Bayre"[1] Ben Franklin Parkway was itself "... designed in the early 20th century by Frenchmen Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber, who drew their inspiration from the Champs-Elysées"[1] So are Logan Square and the Philadelphia Museum of Art were also inspired by architecture found in Paris's Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Gary Lee Kraut. "A primer for exploring art and history in Franco-Philadelphia". 
  2. ^ Philadelphia Magazine, July 1998. "Dan Rottenberg". 
  3. ^ a b c Tom Javian. "Buddy, Can You Spare a Quarter?". 

Coordinates: 39°57′00″N 75°10′08″W / 39.950°N 75.169°W / 39.950; -75.169