Welcome to Carpenters' Hall of Philadelphia

Carpenters' Hall is a treasure in historic Philadelphia. It hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States.

THE Carpenters' CoMPANY

Set humbly back from Chestnut Street, the Hall has been continuously owned and operated by The Carpenters' Company  
of the City and County of Philadelphia, the oldest craft guild in America, since 1770. 


Carpenters' Hall can accommodate events for up to 125 guests. The Hall is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday and cannot be rented during those hours.


Today, Carpenters' Hall is free to the public and welcomes over 150,000 world-wide visitors to this wonderful Georgian building. Admission has been complimentary since 1857, when it became the first privately owned American building to be opened as a historic monument.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
— Benjamin Franklin

master builder dialogues november 7, 2017

Register now! 5.75 CEU & HSW credits available at this years Master Builder Dialogues. Industry leaders will explore the new BIM and IPD technology revolution and its effects on collectively bringing us back to the "Master Builder". The Carpenters' Company presents a full day of professional development, followed by a cocktail reception at Carpenters' Hall. 


Meet a history maker at carpenters' hall

June 2nd - September 3rd 2017
This summer season, visit with President Washington's First Secretary of War, General Henry Knox or the notorious Colonial blacksmith, Mr. Patrick Lyon. Learn of their intrigues in Carpenters' Hall amidst a Revolution and a deadly yellow fever outbreak in 18th century.


Keep History Alive:
Donate Today!

Supporting Carpenters' Hall keeps a historic landmark open free to the public, sharing its essential role in the formation of the United States, as it has since 1857. Known as the "Birthplace of Liberty", Carpenters' Hall was the location of the 1774 meetings of the First Continental Congress.

Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET American Artifacts: Philadelphia's Carpenters' Hall Carpenters' Company historian Roger Moss leads a tour of the building that served as the meeting place of the First Continental Congress in 1774. It was also the former home to Ben Franklin's Library Company, the American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States.