Independence Hall World Heritage Site

Historic building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Independence Hall
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South façade of Independence Hall
Location520 Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°56′56″N 75°9′0″W / 39.94889°N 75.15000°W / 39.94889; -75.15000Coordinates: 39°56′56″N 75°9′0″W / 39.94889°N 75.15000°W / 39.94889; -75.15000
ArchitectWilliam Strickland (steeple)
Architectural style(s)Georgian
Visitors645,564 (in 2005[1])
Governing bodyNational Park Service[2]
TypeCultural
Criteriavi
Designated1979 (3rd session)
Reference no.78
State PartyUnited States
RegionEurope and North America
DesignatedOctober 15, 1966
Part ofIndependence National Historical Park
Reference no.66000683[2]
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Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The building was completed in 1753 as the Pennsylvania State House, and served as the capitol for the Province and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania until the state capital moved to Lancaster in 1799. It became the principal meeting place of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783 and was the site of the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787.

A convention held in Independence Hall in 1915, presided over by former US president William Howard Taft, marked the formal announcement of the formation of the League to Enforce Peace, which led to the League of Nations and eventually the United Nations. The building is part of Independence National Historical Park and is listed as a World Heritage Site.[3]

  1. ^ "Management Documents". National Park Service. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "Independence Hall". World Heritage Committee. Independence Hall's History. Retrieved March 16, 2010.

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