Carpenters' Hall is a treasure in historic Philadelphia. It hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States.
Set humbly back from Chestnut Street, the Hall has been continuously owned and operated by The Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the oldest craft guild in America, since 1770.
Carpenters' Hall can accommodate events for up to 125 guests. The Hall is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday and cannot be rented during those hours.
Today, Carpenters' Hall is free to the public and welcomes over 150,000 world-wide visitors to this wonderful Georgian building. Admission has been complimentary since 1857, when it became the first privately owned American building to be opened as a historic monument.
So much of 18th century Philadelphia — its homes, churches and historic sites — is framed by three city blocks just south of Carpenters' Hall.
Supporting Carpenters' Hall keeps a historic landmark open free to the public, sharing its essential role in the formation of the United States, as it has since 1857. Known as the "Birthplace of Liberty", Carpenters' Hall was the location of the 1774 meetings of the First Continental Congress.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the place's home page.
In The News
- Until Death Do Us Part: An Ode To Philadelphia Book Collecting, Hidden City Philadelphia, September 6, 2019.
- Digital Collection: Digital Archive and Museum
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- Volunteer: Volunteer Opportunity: Historic Carpenters' Hall