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Old City Hall
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Old City Hall Philadelphia USA.jpg
(2006)
Location Chestnut Street at 5th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Built 1790–91
Architect David Evans, Jr.
Architectural style Federal
Part of Independence National Historical Park (ID66000683)
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966

Old City Hall located at Chestnut Street at 5th Street in the Independence Hall complex of Independence National Historical Park in Center City, Philadelphia, was built in 1790–91 in the Federal style. The architect was David Evans, Jr.

Although originally intended as Philadelphia's City Hall, it served as the home of the U.S. Supreme Court from the completion of its construction in 1791 until 1800, when the national capital was moved to Washington, D.C. Three chief justices, John Jay (Jay Court), John Rutledge (Rutledge Court), and Oliver Ellsworth (Ellsworth Court), officiated the Supreme Court from this location.

Afterward, the building continued to serve as Philadelphia's City Hall until 1854. It is a contributing property to Independence National Historical Park. The owner is the City of Philadelphia, which leases the building to the National Park Service.

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