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City Hall, Philadelphia

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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. Make City Hall part of your personalized Philadelphia itinerary using our Philadelphia itinerary builder.
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  • We stumbled upon City Hall one evening as we were out walking around the city and my husband and I were in awe. The architecture and statues are stunning and the size of the building is impressive! Di...  more »
  • Gorgeous Building! We didn't get to go on the tour because it was raining both days that we went but just walking around was good enough for me. I loved the history of it!  more »
  • In the middle of everything, with the building itself underground and with 4 inputs wings two main streets, is a very interesting and very careful.
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  • When the Second Empire Baroque style city hall building was completed, it was the tallest, freestanding secular building in the world. At the base of William Penn statue is where the Observation Deck is located. In order to go up to the Observation Deck, go to the City Hall visitor center on the first floor to make pre-paid reservation. TIP: GO EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR TIME, ESPECIALLY DURING THE PEAK TOURIST SEASON. A claustrophobic elevator which will only take four visitors plus a security guard/guide up to the Observation Deck. You'll have 15 minutes to enjoy the panoramic view of The City of Brotherly Love. As of 2016, One Liberty Observation Deck is another option to view the city from the sky, but it will cost you more. Also, there is no time limit at One Liberty Observation Deck. ENJOY!!
  • Philadelphia is full of the run around. You have to be from out of town to appreciate this. And is you stay around to long you'll understand they really don't care. Everything is a job no a passion.
  • 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.
  • A beautiful place to walk through and sight-see.
  • 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.