I went to some parts of a Penn-sponsored symposium on Philadelphia City Hall this weekend. Talks spanned from the building’s contentious design and location to its 30-year construction, across various attempts to tear it down (too expensive), to its recent extensive rehabilitation, completed this August. It was a great mix of architectural history, politics, and conservation; and a lovely opportunity to see some parts of the building that aren’t usually open to the public (!).
Below are some highlights from PhillyHistory.org, one of the local research treasures: