Not all those who wander are lost … but most are: A wayfinding tour of City Hall

Photo via PlanPhilly

Photo via PlanPhilly

By Jim Saksa (PlanPhilly)

It didn’t take long for it to happen. If you spend any amount of time wandering around City Hall, it’ll happen.

“Hi, do you need help finding something?”

City Hall is gorgeous. Painstakingly built over 30 years, City Hall briefly stood as the tallest occupied building in the world when it opened in 1901. An architectural icon, it’s still the largest municipal building in America. The original blueprints – hand-drawn in ink on linen – gave elegantly simple instructions to the masons working on the exterior: “finish in an artistic manner.” And they did – there are over 250 architectural flourishes, bas-reliefs, sculptures and statutes adorning the Second Empire masterpiece. City Hall is majestic.

Read the full story at PlanPhilly | Not all those who wander are lost … but most are: A wayfinding tour of City Hall.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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