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Old City Hall, Philadelphia

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#18 of 29 in Historic Sites in Philadelphia
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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  • July 21, 2017
    you can see straight down all four major streets from the center of City Hall for a dynamic view of the city  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Loaned by city to federal gov't 1790-1800, when Philadelphia was official capitol, first floor courtroom used by Supreme Court for spring & fall sessions. Only six justices then, John Jay (NY) was chi...  more »
  • June 11, 2017
    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 »
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  • April 21, 2017
    It's worth popping into to see the old US Supreme Court. The park ranger-type person inside answers questions and dropped some knowledge.
  • April 27, 2017
    Nice gift shop and interesting historical building
  • August 11, 2016
    Very interesting place with an excellent tour guide. Really enjoyed the history lesson.
  • March 16, 2017
    Our tour guide was excellent
  • March 5, 2017
    Great place for history!

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