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Philadelphia Sights

Old City Hall

  • 5th and Chestnut Sts. Map It
  • Historic Area

Updated 05/19/2011

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Independence Hall is flanked by Congress Hall to the west and Old City Hall to the east: three distinctive Federal-style buildings erected to house the city's growing government. But when Philadelphia became the nation's capital in 1790, the just-completed city hall was lent to the federal government. It housed the U.S. Supreme Court from 1791 to 1800; John Jay was the Chief Justice. Later, the boxlike building with a peaked roof and cupola was used as the city hall. Today an exhibit presents information about the early days of the federal judiciary.

Sight Information

Address:

5th and Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States

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Phone:

215-965–2305

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 05/19/2011

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