Carpenters' Hall

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The Story of Carpenters' Hall: Page 2

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Robert Smith with the blueprints for Carpenters' Hall in-hand.

Did you ever visit a historical site before? What was the first thing you did there? Read all the placards on the walls that describe the place? Stuff a free pamphlet into your pocket to use for the report that you have to do for homework? Or maybe just look for the souvenir shop to buy something special to bring home to your family?

Well, take a few minutes more when you visit Carpenters' Hall and try a new way of experiencing the events that occurred here that make it such an important part of American history. Use your imagination (along with your inner sense of hearing, seeing and touching) to learn about the exciting and colorful things that happened in the Hall from the very first day its doors were opened!

1770-1773. Walk down the courtyard entrance towards the Hall alongside Robert Smith and other members of the Carpenters' Company. Listen to his ideas about the layout of the building and how its interior and exterior space should be designed. Can you just imagine how they discussed the matter of how much money their plans would cost, or whom of their membership they should hire to do the carpentry, brickwork and windows? Look up at the building and see what they saw. A garden surrounded by bustling city — waiting to hold one of the first well-designed and well-constructed meeting halls in the city of Philadelphia!

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Carpenters' Hall, 320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Open free to the public daily, except Mondays (and Tuesdays in Jan. and Feb.), from 10am-4pm

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