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City Hall

A 27-ton bronze statue of the city’s founder sits atop City Hall. For many years, the city abided by the unwritten “Gentleman’s Agreement,” meaning that no building soared taller than William Penn’s hat. When Liberty Place surpassed the Founding Father, superstitious sports fans claimed that the Curse of William Penn prevented their teams from winning championships. To break the streak, Liberty Property Trust placed a small statue of Penn on the top beam of the 57-story Comcast Center when it was completed in 2008, and Philadelphians let out a sigh of relief when the Phillies won the World Series later that year.

Credit: Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia™

Tags: Architecture, Icons, Skylines

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