Old City Hall Philadelphia

This Federal red-brick building was built as Philadelphia’s original City Hall, but is historically important as the location of the United States Supreme Court from 1791-1800.

Directions to Old City Hall Philadelphia

The Old City Hall is next to Independence Hall at the corner of Chestnut and 5th Street.

If you’re looking at Independence Hall, the Old City Hall is the red brick building to its right on the same block.

Hours

Daily 9am-5pm

Admission

Free! The Old City Hall is run by the National Park Service and has no admission fee.


Built in 1791, it was the City Hall for Philadelphia and housed city administrative and the Mayor’s offices. When the Supreme Court needed a place to meet, it shared this building with the Mayor. Back then, the court was smaller and only met a few times a year.

As the Supreme Court Chambers in the 1790s, this was the site of thousands of naturalization procedures for immigrants to our newly formed nation.

Though there are not official tours of the building, there is a park ranger stationed here to answer questions. The building is renovated and set up as the old Supreme Court Chamber.

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