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Old City Hall, Philadelphia

#16 of 64 in Historic Sites in Philadelphia
Government Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Old City Hall located at Chestnut Street at 5th Street in the Independence Hall complex of Independence National Historical Park in Center City, Philadelphia, was built in 1790–91 in the Federal style. The architect was David Evans, Jr.
Although originally intended as Philadelphia's City Hall, it served as the home of the U.S. Supreme Court from the completion of its construction in 1791 until 1800, when the national capital was moved to Washington, D.C. Three chief justices, John Jay (Jay Court), John Rutledge (Rutledge Court), and Oliver Ellsworth (Ellsworth Court), officiated the Supreme Court from this location.

Afterward, the building continued to serve as Philadelphia's City Hall until 1854. It is a contributing property to Independence National Historical Park. The owner is the City of Philadelphia, which leases the building to the National Park Service.
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  • We stopped in after seeing the Liberty Bell but before entering the secure area for our Independence Hall tour. Inside is a small gift shop, and the old Supreme Court chamber. The ranger in the...  more »
  • The shop was helpful but the sight was a wonderful part of the park that is not to be missed. The Docent was simply great.  more »
  • Free to walk through. Fun to step into another piece of our nation's history. Worth checking out if in the area, and especially if from out of town!
  • Great historical place to visit

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