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Built in 1791, this is Philadelphia’s second City Hall, replacing the old Courthouse and Town Hall at 2nd and High (Market) Streets that dated to founder William Penn’s lifetime. The new facility hosted the mayor’s office and council chamber on the second floor and the mayor’s court on the ground floor, a space it shared with the U.S. Supreme Court when in session. During the Yellow Fever epidemic in 1793, Mayor Matthew Clarkson managed the public health crisis and coordinated volunteer efforts from this location.

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