Girard Estates

Once called a “pocket of suburbia” that’s still in the city, Girard Estate is one of Philadelphia’s most secluded neighborhoods —it’s more like a village of its own.

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One of five original squares planned by city founder William Penn in the late 17th century,

Falling in South Philly, this family-oriented neighborhood is largely designated historic and is chock full of stories about the 480 homes built here in the early 20th century.

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 The neighborhood has been home to influential Italian-American families ranging from politicians to mobsters, and now the community members are working to preserve the history found here off of West Passyunk Avenue.