Carpenters' Hall

Carpenters' Hall Owned and operated by The Carpenters' Company, Carpenters' Hall hosted the First Continental Congress Interior steel supports modern structures.
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On New Year's Day, 1770, Carpenters' Company members voted to proceed with their Hall. More than a meeting place, the Hall would showcase their considerable technical skills and also be available for rent. For many years the Hall was the largest rental space in the city. This fact alone assured Carpenters' Hall a key role in the events of the War for Independence. Robert Smith, a Scottish-trained

architect and builder, headed a 12-man construction committee. Smith, then 48, had a well-established reputation not only in Philadelphia but throughout the colonies. It is a tribute to Smith that his colleagues in the Company charged him with the design. Unfortunately Carpenters' Hall was among his last achievements. In the winter of 1777, he died while helping construct fortifications, which prevented the British fleet from capturing the city. Smith's plan was simplicity itself: a two-story, 50-foot square building with 10-foot cutouts at each corner. The result is a gem of Georgian-style architecture, which is both a fitting memorial to Smith and a tribute to the builders. The square-ness and accuracy of its construction is equal to that of contemporary structures. Not so in the 18th century. The weight of Carpenters' Hall is principally borne by the exterior brick walls, which are 13 inches thick. The black-colored bricks, called "headers," are turned on end and tie together several courses of bricks which otherwise might separate at the mortar joints. The foundation is equally sturdy, consisting of random-sized pieces of stone mortared together in what is known as a "rubble foundation."

Are you looking for a one of a kind experience to gift to your friends and families during the holiday season? Consider ...
12/07/2023

Are you looking for a one of a kind experience to gift to your friends and families during the holiday season? Consider gifting a certificate for two folks to attend one of our after-hours whisky tasting tours, now running until the end of March.

You can purchase the gift certificate at our museum store or by emailing us at [email protected].

Link to our museum store: https://carpentershall.square.site.

We hope to see you soon!

Hoping to bring some cheer to your winter blues?Join us next Wednesday evening as part of Old City's Holiday Shopping St...
12/05/2023

Hoping to bring some cheer to your winter blues?

Join us next Wednesday evening as part of Old City's Holiday Shopping Stroll 2023. We are open for extended hours - from 10am to 7pm that day. After our normal hours (beginning at 4pm), join us for drinks, snacks, and a special exhibit!

We hope to see you then!

12/04/2023

On this day in history in 1783, George Washington gave a farewell speech to his officers at the Fraunces Tavern in New York City. This was one of the first stops on his journey down to Annapolis, Maryland to meet with Congress and resign his role as commander in chief of the Continental Army, a position he had held since 1775.

George Washington was in attendance at the First Continental Congress held in Carpenters' Hall the year before his appointment in 1774.

Interested in reading more about Washington's farewell speech to his officers? Check out this article from the Library of Congress:

https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/december-04/ #:~:text=On%20Thursday%2C%20December%204%2C%201783,Broad%20streets%20in%20lower%20Manhattan.

  This rarely-seen 1886 photograph of the rear of Carpenters' Hall, taken by photographer Marriott Canby Morris, is held...
12/01/2023

This rarely-seen 1886 photograph of the rear of Carpenters' Hall, taken by photographer Marriott Canby Morris, is held by in the collections of the Library Company of Philadelphia. Remember: this was before the demolition of buildings in the 1950s to make way for Independence National Historic Park!

Check out the archive listing for the photograph here: https://digital.librarycompany.org/islandora/object/Islandora%3A4087?solr_nav%5Bid%5D=acb0631e0fb1c460d9ad&solr_nav%5Bpage%5D=0&solr_nav%5Boffset%5D=20 or by following the link in our bio.

Let's drink and be merry - Happy St. Andrew's Day! St. Andrew's Day celebrates the patron saint of Scotland. Folks commo...
11/30/2023

Let's drink and be merry - Happy St. Andrew's Day! St. Andrew's Day celebrates the patron saint of Scotland. Folks commonly toast the Saint with Scotland's signature drink: scotch whisky!

Do you know where you can toast St. Andrew with some scotch whisky? At the end of one of our special after-hours tours of Carpenters' Hall, guests can indulge in a whisky sampling in tribute to the master builder on our building, Robert Smith, who was born in Dalkeith, Scotland.

Interested in learning more about these tours or booking one now? Visit https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/3267170.

Happening in one hour! Come on out and celebrate the winter season with Old City, Philadelphia!
11/29/2023

Happening in one hour! Come on out and celebrate the winter season with Old City, Philadelphia!

Hey locals and visitors! Join us on November 29th for a festive Old City Holiday Tree Lighting at the Betsy Ross House, starting at 6 p.m.! Historic Philadelphia En Route Marketing

On December 16th, 2023, our "tea will be thrown into the sea" by the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in celebration of t...
11/29/2023

On December 16th, 2023, our "tea will be thrown into the sea" by the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

We are honored and excited to participate in the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia hosted the First Continental Congress in the fall of 1774. The gathering was a direct result of the Tea Party and the ensuring "Intolerable" Acts. Delegates from Massachusetts included John Adams, Samuel Adams, Thomas Cushing and Robert Treat Paine.

We congratulate you on this milestone anniversary and look forward to commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the First Continental Congress - and the 300th Anniversary of the Carpenters' Company - in 2024!

Huzzah!

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum wants to throw your tea into the sea! In honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Bosto...
11/28/2023

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum wants to throw your tea into the sea! In honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party on December 16th, the dumping of the tea in protest of taxation will be reenacted. The museum is accepting donations of loose leaf tea that will be used in the reenactment. PLUS donors will receive a special certificate of participation in the mail following the 16th!

Come take part in history! Visit the link below for more information and the mailing address.



You're invited to collect loose-leaf tea and mail it to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. This tea will be used during the 250th Anniversary Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 2023.

Happy Museum Store Sunday! Support Carpenters' Hall by visiting us at our online giftshop TODAY!Shoppers who purchase to...
11/26/2023

Happy Museum Store Sunday! Support Carpenters' Hall by visiting us at our online giftshop TODAY!

Shoppers who purchase today will receive a 10% discount on our offerings, including gift certificates to our special after hours whisky tasting tours.

Use the following coupon code at checkout for a 10% discount on your order: CHALLFRIEND.

Follow the link here https://carpentershall.square.site or click the link listed on our website.

Last week, First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry celebrated their 249th Anniversary! They kicked off the celebrations wi...
11/25/2023

Last week, First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry celebrated their 249th Anniversary! They kicked off the celebrations with a procession to Carpenters' Hall. Did you know that the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry first met in Carpenters Hall in 1774? They were initially named the Light Horse of the City of Philadelphia.

Congratulations again, and it was a pleasure hosting you!

Did you know that   is in just 2 days? Support Carpenters' Hall by visiting us at our online giftshop! Shoppers who purc...
11/24/2023

Did you know that is in just 2 days? Support Carpenters' Hall by visiting us at our online giftshop!

Shoppers who purchase on November 26st will receive a 10% discount on our offerings, including gift certificates to our special after hours whisky tasting tours.

Use the following coupon code at checkout for a 10% discount on your order: CHALLFRIEND.

Follow the link here https://carpentershall.square.site or click the link listed on our website.

Carpenters' Hall will be closed today, but we will reopen tomorrow our regular time, 10a to 4pm. Thank you - have a happ...
11/23/2023

Carpenters' Hall will be closed today, but we will reopen tomorrow our regular time, 10a to 4pm. Thank you - have a happy holiday!🍁

We are pleased to announce that our Executive Director Michael Norris has received this year's Heritage Leadership Globy...
11/22/2023

We are pleased to announce that our Executive Director Michael Norris has received this year's Heritage Leadership Globy Award. This award from Global Philadelphia Association recognizes leaders in the Greater Philadelphia area who have impacted culture, journalism, commerce, and other fields. Congratulations Michael Norris!

You can read Michael's interview at the link below, and can purchase tickets to the December 11th award ceremony on their website.



Michael Norris has been the Executive Director of the

Happy Tuesday! Please enjoy this snapshot from our collection: This mahogany chest of drawers, dated from around 1790, b...
11/21/2023

Happy Tuesday! Please enjoy this snapshot from our collection:

This mahogany chest of drawers, dated from around 1790, belonged to Carpenters' Company member William Palmer. Palmer was elected in 1800 and served until his death in 1815. The chest was gifted to the Carpenters' Company in 1975 by his descendants.

Interested in viewing more items from our collection? Visit our digital archives, which can be found linked on our website and in our Linktree.

Did you know that Sunday, November 26th is  ? You can support Carpenters' Hall by visiting our online giftshop at https:...
11/17/2023

Did you know that Sunday, November 26th is ? You can support Carpenters' Hall by visiting our online giftshop at https://carpentershall.square.site or by clicking the link on our website.

Use the following coupon code at checkout for a 10% discount on your order: CHALLFRIEND.

Available for purchase include books telling the history of the Hall, gift certificates to our special after-hours whisky tasting tours (a perfect holiday gift!), and more! Comment below if you have any questions.

ATTENTION: the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, from now to January 20th, 2024, is running an exhibit in celebration of the 90...
11/16/2023

ATTENTION: the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, from now to January 20th, 2024, is running an exhibit in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Historic American Buildings Survey. They are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Charles E. Peterson Prize. Not only was Charles Peterson the founder of the Historic American Buildings Survey, but he was also an esteemed Carpenters' Company member!

We are happy to have been included in these exhibits and that this legacy is being celebrated.

Find out more information on the exhibits and how to visit here: https://philaathenaeum.org/exhibitions/

This is the Athenaeum of Philadelphia Exhibitions page.

Looking for more interesting and free events this week? Join  Creek Park TOMORROW, November 16th at 5:30 for a virtual d...
11/15/2023

Looking for more interesting and free events this week? Join Creek Park TOMORROW, November 16th at 5:30 for a virtual discussion on "Race, History, and Rock Creek: Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Rock Creek Park Reality." This event is virtual and free to the public.

Register here: https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/calendar =76941639;instance=20231116173000?popup=1

The Rock Creek CalendarJoin in the fun! Below is Rock Creek Conservancy's program and volunteer calendar, including our public volunteer events, such as Summer in the Parks community events, Race History & Rock Creek conversations, and other community programs. Remember to tag us on social media and...

As we get cozy for the winter, consider joining us from now until the end of March for "A Toast to History," a special a...
11/13/2023

As we get cozy for the winter, consider joining us from now until the end of March for "A Toast to History," a special after-hours tour of Carpenters' Hall! Gift certificates can now be found in our online store (link in bio). See some great reviews by past guests below!

ATTENTION TOURISTS! Are you looking for a cost-effective and easy way to see all the sites in Center City and Old City P...
11/12/2023

ATTENTION TOURISTS! Are you looking for a cost-effective and easy way to see all the sites in Center City and Old City Philadelphia? A single ride is just $2 and it's only $5 for a full day's access to the Philly Phlash bus. See their route below and click the link for more information on purchasing a pass.

PHILLY RESIDENTS: did you know that the Flash is free with a SEPTA key card? Just show your key card to a Phlash driver to make use of its services.

Don't forget to visit us here at Carpenters' Hall as you travel around Philadelphia! We are open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4pm and are always free to the public.

Check out more here: https://www.ridephillyphlash.com

Find PHLASH On-The-Go! Access this site on your phone or mobile device to track the next vehicle to arrive at your stop in real time.

TOMORROW visit the Ben Franklin Museum for FREE. The museum is located in Franklin Court (which you can enter either fro...
11/10/2023

TOMORROW visit the Ben Franklin Museum for FREE. The museum is located in Franklin Court (which you can enter either from Market or Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets). They are open from 9-5pm.

As always, we are open and free to the public Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Come make a day of it and visit us both!

[Image of the Ben Franklin Museum below is credited to the National Park Service.]

FREE EVENT ALERT: Please join our friends at Science History Institute next Monday, November 13th for "BOLD: Color from ...
11/08/2023

FREE EVENT ALERT: Please join our friends at Science History Institute next Monday, November 13th for "BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile," a lecture by curator and director of visitor engagement at the Science History Institute, Elisabeth Berry Drago. This is part of the Science on Tap series.

Please visit the link below to find out more about this free programming. No advance tickets required! It will be held at the National Mechanics on South 3rd Street in Philadelphia.

https://www.sciencehistory.org/visit/events/science-on-tap-bold/

Join curator Lisa Berry Drago at National Mechanics and learn how our new exhibition on synthetic dyes came together.

Exciting news! Congratulations to all the partners and organizations responsible for this project - we look forward to p...
11/06/2023

Exciting news! Congratulations to all the partners and organizations responsible for this project - we look forward to preparing for 2026 with you all.

Before you "fall back" tomorrow, come visit us this weekend! We are open and free to the public from 10am to 4pm Tuesday...
11/04/2023

Before you "fall back" tomorrow, come visit us this weekend! We are open and free to the public from 10am to 4pm Tuesdays to Sundays.

Did you know we welcomed 10,840 guests in October? This surpassed our pre-preservation project closure and pre-Covid October visitation numbers from October 2019. We are extending a warm thank you to folks who visited last month and continue to visit us into November! 🍁

Did you know that Carpenters' Hall was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970? Decisions like this that help pres...
11/03/2023

Did you know that Carpenters' Hall was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970? Decisions like this that help preserve the historic landscape should be a collective decision and collaboration between those who manage these sites, the government, and the people who live in the community!

In this spirit, we encourage you to join the State Historic Preservation Offices of Pennsylvania is creating their 2025 statewide historic preservation plan. They need to hear from Pennsylvanians like you!

Follow this link to a survey which will ask you questions about the importance of historic places and their preservation to you and your community: https://pahistoricpreservation.com/help-planning-for-preservation-pennsylvania-survey/

Be a part of the statewide historic preservation planning process in Pennsylvania by taking a short survey.

A warm thank you to asianliteinternational for mentioning us in your recent article on "Iconic Art and World-Class Museu...
11/01/2023

A warm thank you to asianliteinternational for mentioning us in your recent article on "Iconic Art and World-Class Museums in Philadelphia." Check out their fantastic article and guide to visiting Philadelphia by clicking the link below:

https://asianlite.com/2023/columns/lite-blogs/iconic-art-and-world-class-museums-in-philadelphia/ #:~:text=The%20Philadelphia%20Museum%20of%20Art,Rodin%27s%20work%20outside%20of%20Paris

Art surrounds you in Philadelphia. The city is known for its iconic LOVE and Rocky statues, but visitors can discover much more. Philadelphia’s affection for art is visible on the streets, where visitors can find an incredible outdoor art gallery and over 4,400 murals…reports Asian Lite News Phi...

Last week, we had the pleasure of having our windows cleaned by Gary Schultz and company from GCS Window Washing! They l...
10/30/2023

Last week, we had the pleasure of having our windows cleaned by Gary Schultz and company from GCS Window Washing! They look beautiful.

Check out GCS' services on their website:
https://gcswindowwashing.com and be sure to stop by and visit us Tuesdays through Sundays from 10a to 4pm to enjoy the fall weather (plus check out our clean windows)!🍁🍂

Please join our friends over at Craft NOW Philadelphia for a month packed full of artsy events. This month's offerings i...
10/29/2023

Please join our friends over at Craft NOW Philadelphia for a month packed full of artsy events.

This month's offerings include special gallery exhibitions, new hands-on opportunities, and First Friday's (next one on November 3rd), which features open art galleries, extended business hours, and more throughout the city.

Please visit their website to learn more and view a calendar of upcoming events: https://www.craftnowphila.org/2023-craftmonth-itinerary/

Banner image detail of Nathaniel Fry work November is CraftMONTH CraftNOW activates the city the days and weeks surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show with the City of Philadelphia’s Art in City Hall and Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy having issued a p...

Our view! Museum of the American Revolution
10/29/2023

Our view! Museum of the American Revolution

Happy Birthday Philadelphia! Our city was founded 341 years ago today. A snapshot from our city's architectural and buil...
10/27/2023

Happy Birthday Philadelphia! Our city was founded 341 years ago today.

A snapshot from our city's architectural and building history: did you know that a gentleman's agreement not to build higher than William Penn's hat (from where he continues to stand atop City Hall) was not broken until 1987 with the construction of One Liberty Place? This was a contentious decision that forever changed the look of the skyline and ushered in a new age of construction in the city.

Read more about this history by checking out this article from the Philly Voice: https://www.phillyvoice.com/30-years-ago-one-liberty-place-reshaped-the-philadelphia-skyline-for-all-time/

"...Breaking through that artificial ceiling was a way of people saying that the sky is the limit for this city," says former Mayor W. Wilson Goode

THIS WEEKEND: join the Museum of the American Revolution for "Occupied Philadelphia." Talks, reenactments, encampments, ...
10/27/2023

THIS WEEKEND: join the Museum of the American Revolution for "Occupied Philadelphia." Talks, reenactments, encampments, and more will be held in our courtyard here at Carpenters' Hall, in Old City, and inside the Museum of the American Revolution itself.

Click this link to view their schedule of events: https://www.amrevmuseum.org/occupied-philadelphia-2023-daily-schedule

In the fall of 1777, Philadelphia — the Revolutionary capital at the time — was seized by the British and occupied for nine long months, with Independence Hall serving as a prison for American prisoners-of-war. Occupied Philadelphia, the Museum's annual flagship living history event, recreates t...

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY 1774, the First Continental Congress met for the last time in Carpenters' Hall. They had been in ...
10/26/2023

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY 1774, the First Continental Congress met for the last time in Carpenters' Hall. They had been in session since September 5th, 1774. One of the biggest accomplishments to come out of the First Congress, in addition to a sense of unity between the colonies, was the Articles of Association, adopted on October 20th, 1774.

In response to the "Intolerable Acts," the Articles of Association pledged that the American colonists would boycott British goods beginning December 1st. Interestingly, the document also tried to regulate the colonists' conduct during the boycott, including prohibiting the purchase of pricy mourning clothes or putting on plays.

Interested in reading more about the Articles of Association, visit the US National Archives by clicking this link or the one listed in our bio: https://www.archivesfoundation.org/documents/1774-articles-association/.

We will be closing early tomorrow at 2pm. Thank you for your understanding. We will be open Friday regular hours from 10...
10/25/2023

We will be closing early tomorrow at 2pm. Thank you for your understanding. We will be open Friday regular hours from 10am to 4pm.

Did you know that Peyton Randolph, the first President of the First Continental Congress 1774, did not serve as leader o...
10/24/2023

Did you know that Peyton Randolph, the first President of the First Continental Congress 1774, did not serve as leader of the Congress the entire time it was in session? Indeed, Randolph stepped down on October 22nd, 1774 to attend to business back in Virginia - that's 249 years yesterday. He was succeeded as president by Henry Middleton.

It's important to remember that both of these early leaders in American history were enslavers. The Randolphs lived in Virginia while Middleton was a planter in South Carolina.

Colonial Williamsburg has great interactives and tours that explore the lives of the people enslaved by the Randolphs. To learn more, visit Colonial Williamsburg's website: https://www.slaveryandremembrance.org/Almanack/people/bios/bioaggy.cfm?s=2

You can also visit Randolph's house in Colonial Williamsburg (pictured in this photograph). Learn more here: https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/locations/peyton-randolph-house/

Thank you for organizing such a successful event! Please check out the photos below from last week's "Ties Between Two G...
10/23/2023

Thank you for organizing such a successful event! Please check out the photos below from last week's "Ties Between Two Great Nations" panel discussion, organized by the British American Business Council and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

Go visit our fellow Philly historic site on Sunday, October 29th for some end of October family fun!
10/23/2023

Go visit our fellow Philly historic site on Sunday, October 29th for some end of October family fun!

Next Sunday, join us for some fall-themed family fun at Eastern State Penitentiary! From 1-3 pm on October 29, there will be games, races, story time, puzzles, scavenger hunts, and more for your family to get involved in. This event is free for kids in costume and their families! No registration required. We hope to see you there. 🎃

10/19/2023
Last week, we hosted an Open House for . Our second floor library was open to the public, and we also hosted some of the...
10/17/2023

Last week, we hosted an Open House for . Our second floor library was open to the public, and we also hosted some of the architects and designers behind our recent preservation project -- thank you to all who made it possible and all who visited! We hosted around 300 people.

Please enjoy some snapshots of our second floor library with our boardroom table (circa second half of the nineteenth century) displaying artifacts such as original blueprints and drawings from our 1980 preservation project.

COMING SOON. Join the Museum of the American Revolution on October 28th and 29th to commemorate the anniversary of the B...
10/16/2023

COMING SOON. Join the Museum of the American Revolution on October 28th and 29th to commemorate the anniversary of the British occupation of Philadelphia. Follow the link below to view a full listing of their offerings and events for this weekend, INCLUDING craft activities and military reenactments in front of Carpenters' Hall.

We are open that weekend on both days from 10am to 4pm - come check out the offerings out front and then come inside and see the spot of the First Continental Congress!

https://www.amrevmuseum.org/events/occupied-philadelphia-2023

Living history interpretation on the Museum plaza and at Carpenters' Hall in Old City is free and open to the public.Occupied Philadelphia is sponsored by American Heritage Credit Union.

LAST CALL TO REGISTER:Join the Carpenters' Company and the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia in ...
10/14/2023

LAST CALL TO REGISTER:

Join the Carpenters' Company and the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia in FOUR DAYS on Tuesday, October 17th from 5:00-7:00pm at Carpenters’ Hall!

This panel discussion featuring experts in the field will discuss the longstanding business and architectural ties between the England and the United States. What better place than a site that played such a momentous role in the American Revolution as the site of the First Continental Congress, a hospital for both Americans and British troops, and the place where Benjamin Franklin negotiated with a French spy in 1775. To name a few!

Importantly, this panel will discuss the mutual recognition of qualifications in architecture signed by the United States and the United Kingdom this year in 2023. With trade ties strengthened, these speakers will discuss the future of increasing environmental standards and global health.

Register Now Here: https://apps.chamberphl.com/event/9851/ties-between-two-great-nations-american-british-architecture-design

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