Philadelphia

Our Marketing Manager, Will, recently took a trip to Philadelphia. Here are some of the interesting buildings/designs he saw. It’s interesting for someone who lives in Boston to see the historic areas of Philadelphia, which are similar but have their own distinct styles.

Here are some interesting facts about the awe-inspiring Philadelphia City Hall:

• It was was designed by Scottish-born architect John McArthur Jr. and Thomas Ustick Walter in the Second Empire style, and was constructed from 1871 to 1901 at a cost of $24 million.

• Upon completion of its tower in 1894, it became the world’s tallest habitable building. It was also the first secular building to have this distinction, as all previous world’s tallest buildings were religious structures. It was also the tallest masonry building in the world.

• The building structure used over 88 million bricks and thousands of tons of marble and granite.With almost 700 rooms, it is the largest municipal building in the United States and one of the largest in the world.

• In the 1950s, the city council investigated tearing it down, but found that the demolition would have bankrupted the city due to the building’s masonry construction.

• The building is topped by a 37 ft. tall bronze statue weighing 53,348 lbs. of city founder William Penn (one of 250 sculptures created by Alexander Milne Calder that adorn the building inside and out).