Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia

Carpenters' Hall is a two-story brick building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that was a key meeting place in the early history of the United States. Completed in 1775 and set back from Chestnut Street, the meeting hall was built for and is still owned by the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the country's oldest extant craft guild. The First Continental Congress met here. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark on 15 April 1970 and is part of Independence National Historical Park.
Carpenters' Hall was designed by architect Robert Smith in the Georgian style based on both the town halls of Scotland, where Smith was born, and the villas of the Palladio in Italy. It would be first used as a meeting site by the guild on January 21, 1771, and would continue to hold annual meetings there until 1777 when the British captured Philadelphia. On April 23, 1773 (St. George's Day), it was used for the founding meeting of the Society of Englishmen and Sons of Englishmen.
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  • Very interesting part of history. Nice exhibits. Staff was extremely nice. Building was very well preserved. It's off the beaten path, so I saw very few visitors there. Must not be on the school bus t...  more »
  • The Carpenters Company dates from 1724. The First Continental Congress met there in 1774. There are chairs, carpets and other furniture used in it. The site was also used in 1778 as a military hospital, military headquarters and arsenal. There is a detail of the members of the Company and display of tools used in its time.
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  • Best described as a hidden jewel among the treasures in the Historic District focused on Independence era history and architecture. We found this location by accident — wondered in to the main building of the three in this cluster of historic venues. The Carpenters Hall has a story to be told and the staff/volunteers on site fill the bill nicely. Some say they take up to three hours in this relatively small building — we spent about a half hour and felt like we got a good dose of the importance of this place in history.
  • Neat place of US history. No lines for entry. They have a decent gift shop.

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