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Old City Hall, Philadelphia

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#18 of 26 in Historic Sites in Philadelphia
Government Building Historic Site
Old City Hall located at Chestnut Street at 5th Street in the Independence Hall complex of Independence National Historical Park in Center City, Philadelphia, was built in 1790-91 in the Federal style. The architect was David Evans, Jr. Although originally intended as Philadelphia's City Hall, it served as the home of the U.S. Supreme Court from completion of its construction in 1791 until 1800, when the national capital was moved to Washington, D.C.Afterward, the building continued to serve as Philadelphia's City Hall until 1854. It is a contributing property to Independence National Historical Park. The owner is the City of Philadelphia, which leases the building to the National Park Service.
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  • The city hall is a nice little extra site to see while you are in the area. However it is not as impressive as the other sites. One to miss if you are short on time.  more »
  • Philadelphia's Old City Hall at 6th & Chestnut is part of Independence National Historical Park. The first floor has been restored as the "mayor's" or municipal courtroom, adapted for use and loaned b...  more »
  • Old City Hall is located right next to Independence Hall at the corner of Chestnut and 5th. You can go right in compared to Independence Hall where you have to pass through security and metal detector...  more »
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  • It's worth popping into to see the old US Supreme Court. The park ranger-type person inside answers questions and dropped some knowledge.
  • Nice gift shop and interesting historical building
  • Very interesting place with an excellent tour guide. Really enjoyed the history lesson.
  • Our tour guide was excellent
  • Great place for history!

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Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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