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Congress Hall, Philadelphia

Congress Hall - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Congress Hall
500 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106Map
+1 215 965 2305
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Overview

These chambers are where the Congress of the fledgling United States held sessions until relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1801. The Bill of Rights ratification and the inaugurations of George Washington and John Adams occurred within these walls. Mahogany desks and studded leather chairs fill the first floor meeting room. The carpeting is a reproduction of the one used in the early 1790s. Upstairs, 28 of the 32 chairs and the Secretary's desk are authentic. Impressive images in the hall include the 19th-century fresco of an eagle holding an olive branch, signifying peace, and the oval sunburst design commemorating the thirteen original states with thirteen stars.

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