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Kahn Park
1119 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Cross Street: 11th Street
General Information
Kahn Park was named in memory of Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974,) a Philadelphia architect and educator of international acclaim and a resident of Washington Square West.

Louis I. Kahn Park was built on the site of the Greystone Luxury Hotel, demolished in 1971. The original park was a low-maintenance space with few plantings and an emphasis on concrete. (Hence its nickname, Concrete Park.) It was later dedicated to the memory of the Philadelphia architect, Louis I. Kahn, who, with his wife Esther, had lived nearby on Clinton Street. Tired of the barren landscape and poor condition of the park, a group of neighbors formed The Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park in 1983. The Friends sought to improve the setting by creating a greener, more inviting design for Kahn Park.

For more than 15 years, until her death in 1996, Esther Kahn was active in fundraising and assisting with the annual antique and craft fair, and the summer concerts. At the dedication of the fountain, she remarked on Lou’s preference for water in or near his sites.

Kahn Park, now lush with plantings, is one of few green oases between Washington and Rittenhouse Squares, the commercial heart of the city. For its size - less than an acre - the park is one of the most intensively used public spaces in Philadelphia.

  • Volunteer: We are very grateful for the many generous individuals who donate their time and talents toward the maintenance of Kahn Park as a vital neighborhood asset. The most visible of these folks are the gardening and park maintenance volunteers who work year-round to enhance the beauty and cleanliness of the park. Others work behind the scenes to ensure that park events run smoothly, newsletters appear on schedule, and the bills get paid. Volunteer opportunities related to Kahn Park include:
  • Gardening Activities
  • Park Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Summer Concert Series
  • Annual Antique and Craft Fair
  • Fundraising and Public Relations
  • Neighborhood Outreach

  • Annual Fair:

    OCTOBER 8, 2011: 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M.
    To donate books or CDs, or to rent a space, call 215-546-6460.

  • Booth spaces (8 by 5 feet) are available and interested vendors should contact Connie Moore as well at 215-546-6460.

    Additional Information: The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department provides Kahn Park with electricity and water. Funding for operating expenses comes from neighborhood residents, businesses, and other friends of the park. Volunteers work throughout the year to plant, clean and maintain the gardens and underlying park infrastructure.

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