Philadelphia’s Historic City Hall

The center square was set aside for public buildings by William Penn in 1683. The squares largest rectangular squares of five squares was far from the center as a considerable number of the population resided close to The Delaware River in The 18th century. In The year 1870, The Square was approved and renamed to Penn Square in honor of the founder William Penn.


After a design by John McArthur, construction commenced using the then empire style that had garnered fame. The project aimed at becoming the tallest building only to be eclipsed by The Philadelphia city hall by The Washington Monument and The Eiffel tower in the year 1901 after its thirty years of construction.

The building
 In The World, The huge city hall is still one of the tallest and most prominent masonry buildings. Walls on the first floor are up to 22ft inches as no frame of steel got used. In addition to its 16ft high, eight levels from the outside that reside three levels. It also has a height of 511 ft on its central tower. William Penn’s statue tops the building with the figure holding a 37ft long and27 ton of weight.

William Penn’s statue is a creation of Alexander Calder, who created interior and exterior of city hall sculpture. Construction consists of more than 600 rooms that got neatly organized around a central courtyard. On each of the four sides, a building can be a clock in the city hall. With its vast archways on each of the parties in Philadelphia. The decorations of the rooms are lavish with a reception room that is of the blue and gold ceiling and marble columns red in color.

No longer tallest
 The building was dethroned in 1987 by one liberty place building as the tallest building. An agreement got reached that limited any developers from topping any construction above the hat of William Penn’s statue.

Observation deck
The public is offered an observation deck with an interior, which can also be viewed by the public. For more information, go to the city halls’ official website.

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