about the park

Right at the corner of heart and history

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.

In 1983, a group of neighbors formed The Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park in hopes of creating a greener, more inviting design for the space. Esther Kahn joined them in fundraising and assisting with the annual antique and craft fair, and the summer concerts, up until her death in 1996. At the dedication of the fountain, she remarked on her husband’s preference for water in or near his sites.


The Park Today

Today, Kahn Park is one of the few green spaces between Washington and Rittenhouse Squares.  For its size – less than an acre – the park is one of the most popular public spaces in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department provides Kahn Park with electricity and water, as well as permits for activities throughout the year.  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.

our team

The Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park Board

Judith Benedict
Hannah Bressi 
Jean Buchenhorst
Dan Cassidy
Peter Coë
Jenn Constantino 
Jen Gordon
Judith Heintz
Rob Holt
Leslie Knowlton 
Bill Marsh 
Suzanne Petruzel
Lee Reich
Jess Romanelli
Debbi Seligsohn
Gabe Wildau


A Neighborhood For All.

Many of us live right in the neighborhood, and consider Kahn Park to be our very own backyard. Feeling safe is most important, and knowing where to turn at times of crisis is paramount. While we are all concerned about keeping the park safe 24/7, that’s not always in our control. Please reach out directly to one of the following organizations if you are having issues or see something that doesn’t seem right.

Police: 911

Homeless Hotline: 215-232-1984