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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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  • Beautiful, historic and stately building. We haven't visited it from the inside, but it was worth watching!
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  • Philadelphia beautiful city, could not have a bad City Hall. The beautiful City Hall is a very well-maintained building. from here you can move to all the main attractions of the city. A few blocks fr...  more »
  • Beautiful building in the heart of Philadelphia. The beautiful Dome, which can be seen from any point of the city. May be a point of reference, if you get lost
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  • City Hall in Philly, is seriously, one of the most beautiful buildings in the United States. It is gorgeous and as you drive or walk towards center city, you cannot miss William Penn standing at the top, looking all full of himself. But then again, he's standing on top of a gorgeous building in the middle of Philly. Of course he should be smug. When you visit, you can walk all around the area, in some areas of the building, but you simply MUST go to the top of it where William Penn stands. It is THE best view of Philly. It makes the Avenue of the Arts look like the Champs-Élysées and you forget for a second that you are in the US. Be sure to check hours before going to the top. The hours are funky and are only open Monday through Friday. Also, there are only like 4 people allowed to the top at a time. It is a small area, and trust me, you don't want a ton of people up there or you won't be able to walk around and enjoy the different views.
  • The entire process is really easy if you're just doing the tower tour. We did not do the 2-hour plus tour of City Hall although that sounded pretty cool too. The tower tour you buy your tickets ahead of time you do need to buy time tickets and then they take you up for people at a time in an elevator. You stay the top right under William Penn about 11 ft from the bottom of his feet. It's a great View and really nice. Some of the windows are slightly open so if it's cold out do you want to dress as though you're outside. the windows are all just crack though so it's not like you're standing out completely in the open. They say that you cannot change your time tickets but we were able to change ours in the visitor center. To get to The Visitor Center go into the East entrance which is the same side that the Residence Inn and Courtyard Marriott are on for reference. Have fun!
  • Almost certainly the most interesting city hall you're ever going to see, at least in the U.S. Probably also the only one that was ever the tallest building in the world. If you want a tour, though, make sure you go early. We went by immediately after lunch, and they told us that the tours were already sold out for the day.
  • 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. !!
  • Massive improvements to the building and surrounding. Theyve restored the brick to its original hue. Good idea with the activities around CH
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