• Congress Voting Independence


    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Old City Hall

Old City Hall

North facade of Old City Hall

NPS photo

Built as the City Hall of Philadelphia, the building was used by the U. S. Supreme Court from the time the building was completed in 1791 until 1800 when the Federal Government moved to Washington D. C.. The municipal government and courts occupied the building during the 19th century. Visitors today see the restored courtroom.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Independence Hall

Invited by Congress in 1824, Marquis de Lafayette toured the United States, greeted by crowds and parades. "The Hall of Independence" was fitted up "in the most splendid manner." The event inspired the phrase “Hall of Independence,” thought to be the precursor of today’s Independence Hall.