City Hall

The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style

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In his original 1682 design for the city, William Penn set aside the Center Square for public buildings, but it took 200 years before the square was used for that purpose.

The first City Hall was located at 2nd and Market streets, then moved to 5th and Chestnut streets when the Independence Hall complex was built.

The present City Hall on Center Square was begun in 1871 and took over 30 years to complete. John McArthur Jr. was the architect and supervised construction with the assistance of Thomas U. Walter.

The first floor is built of solid granite — 22 feet thick in some places — supporting a brick structure faced with marble.

The 548-foot tower is the tallest masonry structure in the world without a steel frame.

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