Fab photo of the day: Philadelphia City Hall
City Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most prominent buildings. Located at the exact center of founding father William Penn’s plans for the city, it was constructed from 1871 to 1901. In order to emphasize the political importance of Philadelphia, the architect John McArthur, Jr. designed City Hall to be the tallest building in the world, with a statue of William Penn himself reaching a final height of 548 ft (167 m). However, this title never came to fruition, as both the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument were completed first. Despite this setback, City Hall was still the world’s tallest occupied building until 1909, and remained Philadelphia’s tallest building until 1987. In this year, a “gentlemans agreement” discouraging buildings rising higher than the top of William Penn’s hat ended with the construction of One Liberty Place. Nevertheless, it is the largest municipal building in the nation, surpassing even the U.S. Capitol building. City Hall has housed the government of the city of Philadelphia for over one hundred years, and remains a historical landmark.