Carpenter's Historic Hall, Philadelphia

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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  • Philadelphia is an amazing city where you come across so many buildings that featured in the founding of our country.  more »
  • We took two separate walking tours and both came to visit here because of the importance that Carpenters’ Hall holds in the history of America. It was amazing to be standing where our founders held th...  more »
  • Probably one of the most historic buildings that does not get as much attention as the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall. But to think what went on in Carpenters' Hall is pretty neat. I am reading Che...  more »
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  • A great historic building that has been well preserved. This is where the First Continental Congress would meet in 1774. There are other really neat historical buildings around it as well!
  • A great historic building to visit in the Old City neighborhood. It is a well preserved building that has been continually owned by the Carpenter's Company since it was built in the 1770's. This is where the First Continental Congress was held in 1774. It is free admission to the public and very close to other historically significant buildings in Philadelphia that you would be interested in attending.
  • This is one of the hidden gems as far as Philly and American history is concerned. This building and area was used for so much since the inception of the country, and was even instrumental in the founding of the nation. The inside is extremely informative and has plaques, a scale model of the building, and some historic pieces on display. If you're interested in American history this is a building you can't miss.
  • 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 but a fantastic historic building

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