In 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence here. Eleven years later, in the same room, delegates to the Constitutional Convention created and signed an enduring framework of government - the United States Constitution. Although known today as Independence Hall, the building was constructed to be the Pennsylvania State House. It once housed all three branches of Pennsylvania’s colonial government.
From 1790 to 1800, Congress Hall served as the meeting place for the United States Congress when Philadelphia, Pennsylvania served as the temporary capital of the United States while the permanent capital was being prepared along the banks of Potomac River. Congress Hall served as the capital building for most of the administrations of Presidents George Washington and John Adams.