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    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?

Photo of Glass Armonica

Did you know Benjamin Franklin is accredited with being the first American to invent a musical instrument? He invented the glass armonica in 1761 after seeing wine glasses being used to make musical sounds.