philadelphia city hall

by Kenny H February. 02, 2017 1548 views

Philadelphia boasts some of the greatest architectural works in the country. City Hall is one of them. Construction of it started in 1871, and was completed in 1901. While it was one of five designated public spaces, (as it was once an empty dirt lot, sometimes used for public hangings) it evolved into 14.5 acres of floor space, almost 700 rooms, and offices and chambers for the city’s executive, judicial, and legislative branches, Philadelphia City Hall is the biggest municipal building in America. It is taller and has more rooms than the U.S. Capitol Building. For almost 100 years, it was Philadelphia's tallest building.

Constructed of brick, marble, and granite, with no steel or iron framing, City Hall is the tallest masonry building in the world and one of the largest overall. More than 88 million bricks were used in the building’s construction, and the walls of the tower are up to 22 feet thick near its base. 

With a bit of landscaping, and design genius, the surrounding grounds are now used for ice skating, concerts, art installations, festivals, even first run movies on an outdoor portable screen.

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Gillian Parsons 3 years, 2 months ago

Fabulous building and surroundings......

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Becky Brannon 3 years, 2 months ago

#1 - I first thought it was a building in Europe! great set!

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Brenda Nelson 3 years, 2 months ago

Great images and good information - I like knowing about the places I see in PBer's photos. I really like the light on the top of the building in the first shot, Ken - it perfectly accentuates the gorgeous details.

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Kenny H Replied to Brenda Nelson 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the comment. This is one of my favorite locations to people watch :)

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 2 months ago

Wow! Fascinating series! Never been to your city. Hope to go this year! Thanks for these!

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Kenny H Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 2 months ago

Just let me know!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Kenny H 3 years, 2 months ago

Will do, amigo!
I'd love to buy you a drink or two!

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