City Hall, Philadelphia
Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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. Make City Hall part of your personalized Philadelphia itinerary using our Philadelphia itinerary builder.
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City Hall - is the finest sights of all. All the best historic sculptures are represented here. It's like visiting a Museum of a top level. Everyone adores it! You can do it too!
Don't be put off by the "city hall" moniker. This is a truly fascinating building all around. I felt like I was in Paris. Such grandeur! Such intricate design and style! Do NOT miss the statuary to be... read more »
The thing I love most is that a part of history can be a part of your first visit to the city or your daily walk if you live here. With an open courtyard, there is the ability to sit and read, take in... read more »
I love the site of the city and the art of the city hall building. Dilworth Plaza is a great area to view city hall from and has just been renovated giving the community a great cafe area to have a seat and enjoy the history of Philadelphia.
Philip Carhart III
I recently proposed to my girlfriend (now fiancee!) in the observation deck. With the help of Greta and some volunteer staff they were able to get my pictures and flowers set up and were excited to be a part of this. I can't thank them enough for their help in making such an important and lasting memory! Otherwise, this is one of the BEST (and probably only) places to get a good panoramic/elevated view of the city. You feel like you're stepping back in time. It's a great place for a date, and a must visit for anyone to get a complete sense of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107 is an amazing seat for government in center city. Great architecture of this building and it looks great in the daylight and even better all lit up at nighttime. Stop by and enjoy this amazing building when in Philly.
I love this place specially at night time.It's look amazing.Surrounding the fountain area is awesome also have enough sitting place to spend quality time with my wife and daughter.
Its constructed in 1871-1901 and was the tallest building in the World until 1908 when the Singer Building opened in New York its doors for public. Somewhere on top is a statue of the founder of Philadelphia William Penn.
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