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City Hall Visitor Center, Philadelphia

Government Building · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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The largest municipal building in the country, City Hall Visitor Center 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 Visitor Center on your trip to Philadelphia, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • it was very busy and you would want to take a lyft or and uber even with that it was still busy but the knew how to get around 
    it was very busy and you would want to take a lyft or and uber even with that it was still busy but the knew how to get around  more »
  • City Hall is amazing. We popped into the visitor's center and the gentleman was so helpful. He was able to answer all our questions, even those not related to City Hall. There was a small... 
    City Hall is amazing. We popped into the visitor's center and the gentleman was so helpful. He was able to answer all our questions, even those not related to City Hall. There was a small...  more »
  • Do not even get me started on how much I love this place. Whenever I am even remotely near the building, I hear angels singing and it is almost as if I have entered the gates of heaven. Actually... 
    Do not even get me started on how much I love this place. Whenever I am even remotely near the building, I hear angels singing and it is almost as if I have entered the gates of heaven. Actually...  more »
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  • World is my oyster...Philadelphia is my childhood..dreamer. been here from eternity..means born here...poets..sing
  • The baby liked it..
  • It is a nice place to visit
  • Janelle at the City Hall Visitor Center was absolutely amazing. We have never been to Philadelphia before (visiting from Australia) and were lucky enough to be spending 5 days there. Janelle gave us a list of things to do to ensure we saw the best that Philadelphia had to offer. We returned a couple of times to buy a gift and to thank her and she remembered us both times. So friendly and accommodating and an absolute credit to the visitor center. Thank you so much Janelle. You ensured that we left Philadelphia with the fondness of memories. We had an amazing time.
  • My daughter and I attended the Monday 12:30 tour on Dec. 2. The group was a good size with people from Scotland, Italy, Mexico and various States. The appointed guide had interesting information to share. Unfortunately, she had a weak voice due to a virus for which she apologized. In this circumstance, a microphone would have been very helpful for all, but especially for those who travel so far to attend this tour. The Tower Tour was a joy and the 5 person elevator man was an absolute delight!

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