Part of the Independence Hall group of buildings, this was supposed to be the Philadelphia City Hall, but by the time it was ... More
Old City Hall
Part of the Independence Hall group of buildings, this was supposed to be the Philadelphia City Hall, but by the time it was completed in 1791, it had been reassigned as the home of the newly established Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court met here until the nation's capitol moved to Washington D.C. in 1800. After that, it finally became the City Hall and eventually a national museum in the late 19th century. Guided tours are conducted several times a day. Entry is free, but restricted to guided tours.
Hello. Just wanted to correct the review on this building provided by the website. The building was primarily the second City Hall for Philadelphia. The Supreme Court borrowed the mayor's court two months out of the year, February and August. The rest of the time the justices served on the circuit court-- travelling thousands of miles to the various circuit courts throughout the original 13 states. Circuit and district courts were also held in various locations on Independence Square- including Old City Hall. City operations were the main function in the building along side occassional federal judiciary functions.
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