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The largest municipal building in the country, City Hall sits on the spot that once marked the geographic center of the city. Designed by architect John McArthur Jr. and completed in 1901 after nearly three decades of construction, this 167 m (548 ft) tall structure is the world's tallest masonry building. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of the Second Empire style of architecture, the imposing building features granite floors, marble columns, and 250 sculptures created by famed artist Alexander Milne Calder. A statue of city founder William Penn, considered the greatest achievement of Calder's career, adorns the top of the building. The interior of the building is composed of 700 rooms, some of which you can explore on a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark. The site offers two-hour tours for an in-depth look at the building, or you can get a ticket to the hall's observation deck and tower to take in sweeping views of the city. Use our Philadelphia trip builder website to visit City Hall on your trip to Philadelphia, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Great architectural building both inside and outside, such a iconic building on the city skyline. well worth a look  more »
  • It was a brisk December evening when we walked to the Christmas market and City Hall. The light show was more than we were expecting - a few minutes of quick fun. The evening was full of fun perusing ...  more »
  • I am a local and I work there. But the architecture is awesome as evidenced from both the outside and inside the courtrooms.  more »
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  • Architectural masterpiece !!!!! The most magnificent building in Philadelphia city is the City Hall. A modern marvel which took 30 years to complete and is the tallest building built solely with stone masonry (there are no steel beams supporting in the foundation and walls). A 37 ft tall statue of William Penn graces the top of this beautiful work of art. The architecture of the building is amazing and has beautiful pieces of art which signifies the past history of the city. The interior tour of the city hall is approximately 2 hours including the tower tour. The guide gave details of the construction and historic data of the interior rooms on various floors, the chamber of council room and other public spaces. The council man was generous enough to welcome our tour members into his personal office to show us the old tile details of the building. The highlight of the tour was the elevator ride to the top of the building which puts put you underneath the statue of William Penn. The top balcony gives a gorgeous 360 degree view of Philadelphia city and surroundings. Stunning views and totally worth the time!!!!! Loved it. !!
  • This building is full of history. At one time it was the tallest building in the world. Now it lies in the shadows of Philadelphia's goliaths. Many events take place here throughout the year for the community and tours are available daily. It's worth a visit while you're in the city. I would like to see some updates inside as some of the floors are dated and in need of repair. Gorgeous ceilings and columns inside will amaze you.
  • It's so well done. Used to be the tallest building in the world. William Penn watches over the city from the top. Just beautifully done both historically and modernly with traffic and signals. Just phenomenal. Best statehouse/courthouse I've ever seen.
  • Great place to spend an evening during the holiday season! Love Park, Dilworth Plaza and the Ice skating rink (all located steps from City Hall) are a great places to bring the family!
  • I thought the tower tour was excellent. Not only are the views brilliant but we had the place to ourselves. The elevator ride up enables you to see how the building was constructed.

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