The Board of the Washington Square West Trust is PROUD to call Wash West home. It contains historical treasures, yet boasts some of Philadelphia’s trendiest restaurants, shops and gathering places.

It is home to diverse residents and notable institutions, including Pennsylvania Hospital — the first hospital in the nation — and Thomas Jefferson University. Perhaps best of all, it’s within walking distance of many of Philadelphia’s famed cultural activities and entertainment options.


The Washington Square West Trust has provided funds to the following organizations and/or entities to enhance the quality of life for the Washington Square West neighborhood. The Trust does not have programs of its own; rather, it funds organizations that are congruent to the goals of the Trust.

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In 2012 The Washington Square West Trust embarked on a project to create a video history of the Washington Square West neighborhood. We interviewed a number of residents, neighborhood pioneers, and early merchants to capture their thoughts and recollections of the neighborhood.

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The Washington Square West Trust reimburses residents who take specific actions to beautify the neighborhood and improve security through standing grants. We currently offer two standing grants, including a $1000 fruit-bearing gingko tree removal grant, and a $100 grant for outdoor lighting.

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