- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert Says:
Thousands of people pass through this building every day (literally -- you can walk straight through the central courtyard), but few take the time to stop and notice the elaborate French-second-empire architecture or the historic statues that grace the grounds of the building. In December, walk through the archways on Market Street to view one of the biggest decorated Christmas trees on the East Coast planted firmly in the middle of the courtyard.
- Gothic and neoclassical influences dominate the features of City Hall. The statue of William Penn that resides atop City Hall's clock tower remains a Philadelphia skyline marker—until the 1980s there was a "gentleman's agreement" that no Philadelphia building would be built higher than the rim of Penn's hat.
City Hall provides a majestic backdrop for shoppers and businesspersons alike as it is situated on the intersection of the city's two main arteries, Broad and Market Streets.
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