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Independence National Historical Park
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark District
Independence National Historical Park is located in Pennsylvania
Location: Bounded by Walnut, 6th, Chestnut, and 2nd Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 39°56′52″N 75°8′53″W / 39.94778°N 75.14806°W / 39.94778; -75.14806Coordinates: 39°56′52″N 75°8′53″W / 39.94778°N 75.14806°W / 39.94778; -75.14806
Area: 44.80 acres (18.13 ha)
34.36 acres (13.90 ha)[2]
Built/Founded: 1774
Architect: Strickland, William; Et al.
Architectural style(s): Colonial, Georgian, Federal
Visitation: 4,087,918 (2004)
Governing body: National Park Service
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966
NRHP Reference#: 66000683


Independence Hall
Liberty Bell.

Independence National Historical Park preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Administered by the National Park Service, the 45-acre (18 ha) park comprises much of the historic area of downtown (or "Center City") where Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Independence Visitor Center, are located, along with dozens of other historic buildings and educational centers. The sites located within the park are in the Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods of the city.


Administrative history

The national historical park was authorized on June 28, 1948, and established on July 4, 1956. On March 16, 1959, it incorporated the Old Philadelphia Customs House (Second Bank of the United States) which had been designated a national historic site on May 26, 1939. As with all historic areas administered by the National Park Service, the Independence was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. Independence Hall was designated a World Heritage Site on October 24, 1979.

Independence Mall

Most of INHP's buildings and land are contained within the broad plaza called Independence Mall, which is bookended by the National Constitution Center on the north, Independence Hall on the south, and Fifth and Sixth Streets on the east and west, respectively. The Mall was created in the 1950s[3] by city planner Ed Bacon, who demolished "blocks of Victorian architecture" to bring an open space to the heart of historic Philadelphia.[4]

Other park sites

Features of Independence NHP include:

Other NPS sites associated with Independence NHP but not located within its boundaries include:

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