City Hall Visitor Center, Philadelphia

The largest municipal building in the country, City Hall Visitor Center sits on the spot that once marked the geographic center of the city. Designed by architect John McArthur Jr. and completed in 1901 after nearly three decades of construction, this 167 m (548 ft) tall structure is the world's tallest masonry building. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of the Second Empire style of architecture, the imposing building features granite floors, marble columns, and 250 sculptures created by famed artist Alexander Milne Calder. A statue of city founder William Penn, considered the greatest achievement of Calder's career, adorns the top of the building. The interior of the building is composed of 700 rooms, some of which you can explore on a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark. The site offers two-hour tours for an in-depth look at the building, or you can get a ticket to the hall's observation deck and tower to take in sweeping views of the city. Use our Philadelphia trip builder website to visit City Hall Visitor Center on your trip to Philadelphia, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The building is impressive, the architecture is spectacular. The statue of William Penn on top of the dome with gargolas around. Nearby there is a church of the Freemasons that is also impressive...  more »
  • This building is really beautiful! I suggest walking towards it coming from South Street and walk along Broad Street so you can enjoy it from the front.  more »
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  • We did the tower tour and it was awesome! Buy your pass at the visitor center, go through security, then up an elevator, then an escalator, and finally a tiny tiny elevator up to the observation deck. Amazing views of the city!! Even saw one of the Peregrine Falcons dive-bombing some pigeons! Also bought our Phlash passes here, which was the best thing ever! $5 lets you ride all day. Totally worth it for a day of sightseeing!
  • Nice place to visit. Also go to the top of City Hall. Great view of Fairmount Park, both rivers, and Skyscrapers. All right there under William Penn. There are views from other high buildings too.

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