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Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia
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Carpenters' Hall is a two-story brick building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that was a key meeting place in the early history of the United States. Completed in 1775 and set back from Chestnut Street, the meeting hall was built for and is still owned by the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the country's oldest extant craft guild. The First Continental Congress met here. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 15 April 1970 (#70000552) and is part of Independence National Historical Park.HistoryCarpenters' Hall was designed by architect Robert Smith in the Georgian style based on both the town halls of Scotland, where Smith was born, and the villas of the Palladio in Italy. It would be first used as a meeting site by the guild on January 21, 1771, and would continue to hold annual meetings there until 1777 when the British captured Philadelphia. On April 23, 1773 (St. George's Day), it was used for the founding meeting of the Society of Englishmen and Sons of Englishmen.
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  • Wow. This was all new to me. So much history in one building. You have to go and see it. This was part of the "Constitutional Walking Tour". 
  • Location of the Continental Congress was a heated argument towards independence is Carpenters Hall. You can see inside the building, and part of independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.
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  • This is a beautiful colonial building that saw a whole bunch of early colonial history made here. A must-see for History buffs. Weird hours so check first. Worth the trip! 
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  • This is a much quieter site than Independence Hall, but still interesting and worth a visit. In additional to its historical significance as the site of the First Continental Congress, it also has excellent floor tile work. There are useful placards describing the building's history. It's free to enter, and there is a small gift shop where you can pick up a handy (free) map of surrounding historical attractions.
  • Quick stop with interesting info. Don't forget the military museum at the side building down the alley path
  • We stopped in her by chance, as we were in this area for the afternoon, and couldn't have been more impressed with everything about how this is being presented to the public. The "Once Upon a Nation" storytelling bench outside, was awesome!!!!!
  • Beautiful 2 story historic meeting hall dating from 1775 built in Georgian style, served as the meeting place for the First Continental Congress, and the very spot where Congress first resolved to ban the importation of slavery, setting the stage for future abolition. A major stop on the historical tour of Old City's many sites. It is free and open to the public, and amazingly still serves the purpose for which it was originally built: a meeting place for the carpenter's union.
  • Very cool to be here. The guides and rangers are excellent