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Philadelphia City Hall
BUILT:1871-1909
ARCHITECT: John McArthur
HEIGHT: 510 ft

Some Facts
The clocks on Philadelphia City Hall are actually larger than those on Parliament Tower (Big Ben) in London.
The clock faces are 26 feet in diameter.
The minute hands are 15 feet long.
The hour hand 12½ feet long.
For an unknown reason, the south stairwell does not have entries onto each floor.
In the 1960's and 1970's there was a group of women known as the "City Hall Bunnies." Their job was to escort distinguished visitors around the building.
1871 - Ground breaking
1874 - Cornerstone is laid.
1894 - William Penn statue is placed on top of the building.
1899 - The clock starts.
2000 - An eight-year $347,000,000.00 renovation project is started. Years of neglect have led to leaking roofs, missing doors, rusting details, linoleum floors, and worse. Some corners are stained with urine, and homeless people occasionally use the rest rooms to bathe.

























 
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The building's absolutely beautiful. For the holiday season this year is a spectacular holiday colored light display that will illuminate the facades of City Hall in amazing colors. The beautiful new display is a projected imagery designed by renowned artists from Casa Magica for Artlumiere of Paris, France.





 

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