Drink in the views from Philadelphia City Hall
Tour an architectural treasure in the heart of downtown. Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation deck. City Hall is the biggest and most recognizable of all the Philadelphia landmarks – the seat of government for the city and its geographical center.
Discover Philadelphia City Hall in the middle of Penn Square at the junction of the two main streets, Broad Street and Market Street. Hop-off the Philadelphia Bus Tour and take a 2-hour tour of the building, with timed tickets available to the tower and observation deck.
Explore the city’s most lavish landmark
Marvel at Philadelphia City Hall’s exterior stonework – with sculptures representing the seasons and continents. These, and the huge statue of William Penn atop the tower, were designed by Alexander Milner Calder.
Inside, feast your eyes upon the splendor of the City Council Chamber, the Mayor’s Reception Room, Conversation Hall and the ornate Supreme Court Room.
Other interesting facts about Philadelphia City Hall
- Designed by John McArthur Jr, the construction lasted 30 years and was finally completed in 1901
- Philadelphia City Hall was the tallest habitable building in the world between 1894 and 1908
- The tower remained the tallest structure in Philadelphia until 1987 at 167 meters (548 feet)
- The largest municipal building in the US, it contains over 14.5 acres of floor space
- It is still the second tallest masonry building in the world, second only to the Mole Antonelliana in Turin, Italy, by just 49 cms (1.5 feet).