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Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall is the seat of government for the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 548 ft (167 m), including the statue of William Penn atop its tower, it is second tallest masonry building in the world after the Mole Antonelliana in Italy. The weight of the building is borne by granite and brick walls up to 22 feet thick. The principal exterior materials are limestone, granite, and marble.

City Hall was the tallest habitable building in the world from 1894 to 1908 (surpassed only by the non-habitable Mole Antonelliana, Washington Monument and Eiffel Tower) and the tallest in Pennsylvania until 1932 when surpassed by the Gulf Tower. It remained the tallest building in Philadelphia until the construction of One Liberty Place (1984-1987) broke the informal "gentlemen's agreement" that limited the height of buildings in the city to no higher than Penn's hat.

Camera location 39° 57′ 08.28″ N, 75° 09′ 48.96″ W Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap. View all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap - Google Earth info