Although not used for any commerce or trade today, The Merchants' Exchange Building is a city landmark that is hard to miss. Situated between Dock Street and Third Street, this Greek-revival building is an architectural treasure of the city and is now a national historic landmark. In its heyday, the exchange building was used for real-estate dealings, business transactions, auctions and as a post-office after it was built in the mid 1800's. The architect, William Strickland, used Athenian structures as a model for the Merchants' Exchange Building and later went on to design other national landmarks like the U.S. Mint and the U.S. Naval Asylum. Today, the stately building is run and occupied by the Independence National Historic Park and houses a small exhibition room to display the building's history.
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