Independence Hall can be found on Chestnut Street
between 5th and 6th Streets. Originally known as the Pennsylvania State House
, the Georgian
building was first constructed in 1732, although it wasn't completed until 1753. The construction was overseen by famous Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Hamilton
During the Revolutionary War, Independence Hall served as the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. Many historic events took place in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall, including the appointment of George Washington as commander-in-chief of the continental army (1775), the adoption of the Declaration of Independence (1776), the agreement on the design of the American flag (1777), the adoption of the Articles of Confederation (1781), and the drafting of the Constitution (1787).
The building has been restored several times and is decorated and furnished with period pieces, so visitors can see the late 18th-century appearance of the building where American democracy and independence were born.