Rittenhouse Square's limestone facelift, lighting upgrades

Rittenhouse Square may be an emerald set in the heart of the city, but some of its beautiful and historic features look far from polished these days. The park's heavy use and lovely landscaping mask areas of disrepair. But look closer and you start to see that certain sections, particularly within the park's central oval, are in need of attention.

But this summer the Friends of Rittenhouse Square embarked on a major restoration project and lighting overhaul in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.