Independence Hall, originally called the Pennsylvania State House, is one of the most important buildings in the history of the United States. It is also known as the birthplace of the United States because it was where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the Constitution was drafted and signed. It is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a part of the Independence National Historical Park, which is operated by the National Park Service. Due to its important place in US history the site was made a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. If you want to know who built this important structure, keep reading to find out.
Who built Independence Hall?
Planning for the construction of the Pennsylvania State House began in 1729 and a committee of three men, Thomas Lawrence, Dr. John Kearsley, and Andrew Hamilton, was formed. Tensions arose between Kearsley and Hamilton who could not agree on the location. The House of Representatives eventually took Hamilton’s recommendations and gave him full control of the project in 1732.
The design for Independence Hall was created by Edmund Woolley. Woolley was a master carpenter and he was made responsible for the actual construction. He worked together with his apprentices from 1932 until 1753 when the building was completed.
Independence Hall was extensively renovated in 1948 to restore the building and interior to its original appearance.
Did you know?
Andrew Hamilton was traditionally given credit for some of the design, but later evidence suggests he may have only contributed a small amount to the design of the building.