The Congress Hall, to the west of Independence Hall, is where the U.S. Congress met from 1790-1800 when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital. The Bill of Rights was ratified here, Presidents George Washington and John Adams were inaugurated here, and the states of Kentucky, Vermont and Tennessee were admitted here. A tour of the interior is a must, since much of the furniture and decoration is original. The House of Representatives on the first floor has been restored to look as it did for John Adams' inauguration in 1797, with mahogany desks and leather chairs for the 106 representatives from 16 states, in a simple setting. On the second floor, the restored U.S. Senate is more ornate, with carpeted floor, deep green walls and heavy red drapes.
Congress Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Congress Hall and Nearby Attractions on Map
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Carpenter's Hall(0.3 km)
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