Graffiti Removal

Graffiti Removal

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Washington Square

Washington Square Beautification

Washington Square is one of the squares from William Penn’s plan for Philadelphia and today is part of the Independence National Historical Park (INHP). In its history it has served as a burial ground and a gathering place, and today it provides respite for neighbors and visitors alike.

With funds and sweat equity provided by the community, the Society Hill Civic Association, its subsidiary Society Hill Preservation Foundation and volunteers help keep Washington Square beautiful. Working with the Park Service, SHCA helps maintain the Square through fundraising, seasonal plantings and occasional special projects.

Over the years, SCHA has worked with INHP to refurbish the fountain and restore the guard houses. In 2016, SHCA, in cooperation with INHP and with the donated design services of landscape architectural firm The Olin Studio, reimagined and created the new landscaping around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the fountain.

More recently in early 2020, SHCA contributed the funds for the entire tree canopy to be trimmed.  We’ll now have healthier trees, less branch damage on windy days and new light patterns that will encourage the grass to grow!

Chair: Fred Manfred & Sherley Young

The Washington Square Affair

Join us under the tent on Thursday October 8th, 2020, for the 6th Washington Square Affair to benefit Washington Square Park.  Everyone is invited to enjoy a festive evening with friends, neighbors, and local businesses, to celebrate the jewel of our historic neighborhood. This tented event be held in the Square from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The Affair will feature gourmet delicacies from area restaurants and caterers, along with libations and entertainment. Be there or be Square!

Check back in August for ticket information

Chair: Joan Tropp & Fred Manfred


Zoning & Historic Preservation

Zoning and Historic Preservation

The Society Hill Civic Association advocates for the preservation and restoration of its historic buildings, as well as representing the community’s interest concerning zoning issues. The Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee monitors residential and commercial applications for zoning variances and reports to the SHCA Board on issues that affect the historic integrity of our neighborhood.

Chair: Paul Boni

Welcome Baskets

Welcome Baskets

Since 1999, SHCA has been welcoming new first-time homeowners to the neighborhood with a valuable gift: The Welcome Basket. The basket includes neighborhood information, fresh food, and gift certificates to area theaters, restaurants, shops, services, and museums. All of the contents are donated by area businesses and organizations. If you are a new first-time home/condo owner in Society Hill and are interested, let us know you are here. We will contact you to make an appointment for a presentation in your home. To date, over 900 baskets have been presented to new homeowners. You can show support for our contributing businesses and organizations by patronizing them. They make our baskets possible. During COVID, we now present the Welcome Gift Bags with no close contact

Chair: Martha Levine

Society Hill Welcome Basket Contributors

Coffee Shops

Greenstreet Coffee, 1101 Spruce Street
La Colombe Coffee, 100 S. 6th Street
Passero’s Coffee Roasters, 834 Chestnut Street

Food Stores

Acme Markets 5th & Pine Street


Ants Pants Cafe, 526 S. 4th Street
Bistro La Minette, 623 S. 6th Street
Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard Street
Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, 421 S. 2nd Street
City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd Street
Creperie Beau Monde, 624 S. 6th Street
Fork, 306 Market Street
Frieda’s Café, 320 Walnut Street
Garces Group—Amada, 217 Chestnut Street, and others
Gnocchi, 613 E. Passyunk Ave. (near 5th and South)
High Street on Market, 308 Market Street
La Buca Ristorante, 711 Locust Street
La Scala’s Restaurant & Bar, 615 Chestnut Sreet
Malbec, Argentine Steakhouse, 400-402 S. 2nd Street
P J Clarke’s. The Curtis Center, 601 Walnut Street
Pizza Fresca by Lamberti, 703 Chestnut Street
Positano Coast Restaurant, 2nd & Walnut Streets
Talula’s Daily, café & take out, 208 W. Washington Square

Specialty Foods

Homemade Goodies by Roz, 510 S. 5th Street
Knead Bagels, 725 Walnut Street
Metropolitan Bakery, 262 S. 19th Street (Rittenhouse Sq.)
South Street Bagels, 613 S. 3rd Street

Specialty Shops

Adornamenti (jewelry), 1106 Pine Street
Evantine Design, 715 Walnut Street
Head House Books, 619 S. 2nd Street
Paper On Pine (invitations/stationery ), 115 S. 13th Street
Paul Morelli Design Inc. (jewelry), 1118 Walnut Street
Show of Hands Gallery (crafts), 1006 Pine Street

Arden Theater, 40 N. 2nd Street
1812 Productions (all comedy theater), 215-592-9560
Ballet X, 265 S. Broad Street
Ghost Tours of Philadelphia, 610-587-8308
InterAct Theater Company, 2030 Sansom Street
Lantern Theater Company, 10th & Ludlow Streets (south of Market)
National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th & Market Streets
National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street
Pennsylvania Ballet, Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Streets
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society 215-569-8080
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, 321 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia Theatre Company, S. Roberts Theater, Broad & Pine Streets
Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Kimmel Center, 215-545-1739
The Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble, Old Pine Church
The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street

Other Services

J. Sima Salon, Society Hill Towers, 279 St. James Place
Judy Moon Massage Therapy
, 232 S. 4th Street, Suite 2F
M’s On the Square Salon, Hopkinson House, 604 Washington Sq.

Parking Lot

Parking Lot

SHCA leases a parking lot on Front Street, below South Street. The SHCA Parking Lot Committee oversees its operation. Some of the parking spaces are made available for monthly lease to members of the community. The rest of the spaces are available to visitors for transient parking.

Chair: Madeline Miller

Clean Up Day/Graffiti Removal

Clean Up Day

 Saturday, May 11, 2019

SHCA helps to keep our streets clean by funding fall and spring Clean Up Days that include street sweeping and washing, plus paper shredding and electronic recycling services. City sweeper trucks cover all streets from Front to 8th and from Chestnut to Lombard. Because of city budget cuts, SHCA picks up half of the bill for the sweeper trucks. SHCA volunteers hand out trash bags at the South 5th Street Acme Market. Bagged leaves and street litter are picked up by the Streets Department. On the same day, SHCA sponsors paper shredding and electronic recycling services.  To volunteer click here

Graffiti Removal
If you spot graffiti contact immediately

Fix The Brix

Fix The Brix

 Established in 2009, Fix the Brix is SHCA’s popular subsidy program to assist Society Hill homeowners in repairing their front sidewalks. Many of our brick and cement sidewalks are tripping hazards and need leveling. Over 250 households have taken advantage of this program to fix their sidewalks to prevent pedestrian trips and falls.

Current SHCA members can receive 40% of the total repairs up to $400; non-members can receive 40% up to $300. It pays to be a member.

If you are interested, here’s how to start:

  • Take a “before” photo of your troublesome sidewalk and email to Martha Levine at
  • Contact and select a mason or arborist to do the work. It’s good to get a few estimates. We have a short list of contractors to recommend.
  • Have the work done to your satisfaction. Make sure the invoice is marked “Paid”.
  • Make a copy of your invoice and, if possible, the cancelled check, and mail the original invoice to SHCA, P. O. Box 63503, Phila. PA 19147.
  • Email us an“after” photo of the sidewalk after work is completed.
  • You should receive a subsidy check within a few weeks.

Chair: Martha Levine

Franklin Lights

Franklin Lights

Walking at night became a brighter prospect thanks to SHCA’s Franklin Lights Project, which doubled the illumination of our Society Hill sidewalks. The cost of the project was $600,000. Residents, businesses, and organizations contributed to a neighborhood-wide fundraiser to help with the replacement of 40-year old street lights with 500 new Franklin Lights. A large portion of the funds were obtained through a city capital fund and a state grant. The installment of the new lights was completed in March 2007. The remainder of the funds were used for the repainting of the light poles in 2010.

Help Keep our Lights in Good Order: We depend on residents to report any malfunction of the lights, including bulb outages, damage to the poles or light fixtures. Please report any of these by contacting 311, either by phone or online. Give the exact address of the light pole.

Chair: Martha Levine

Tree Tenders

Tree Tenders

Society Hill residents value the environmental benefits of our street trees and  the  SHCA has several programs to assist property owners in maintaining William Penn’s “green countrie towne”.

Tree Tenders are neighborhood volunteers trained by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to plant and maintain street trees.

Three ways for property owners to get a new Street Tree:

Dead Street Tree Removal – Society Hill Civic Association will reimburse a property owner 50 percent of the cost up to $500 for SHCA members and $400 for non-members for removing and replanting a dead or damaged street tree. To qualify for reimbursement, the property owner must submit the following to:

  • SHCA, P.O. Box 63503, Philadelphia, PA 19147
  • proof of the tree and stump removal (invoice from licensed vendor who did the work)
  • proof of the cost of the removal and the planting of a replacement tree (cancelled check – front & back)

Street Tree Pruning Program – Society Hill Civic Association will reimburse a property owner up to 50 percent of the cost up to $300 for SHCA members and $200 for non-members to hire professional services for pruning their street tree no more than every two years. To qualify for reimbursement, the property owner must submit the following to:

  • proof of the tree pruning expense (invoice from licensed vendor who did the work)
  • proof of the cost of the pruning (cancelled check – front & back)

Co-Chairs: Bob Curley and Claudia Carabelli

Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound

The Safe and Sound Committee deals with crime, pedestrian safety, and quality of life related issues. To see the latest crime report, check our weekly Thursday SHCA e-newsletter and click on the link Crime Report. Sign up for the email newsletter on the front page of this site.

Co-Chairs: Martha Levine and Marilyn Appel