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At 548 feet, Philadelphia City Hall, completed in 1901 with its clock tower topped by a statue of William Penn, is the world's tallest masonry building.
Philadelphia circa 1912. "Market Street west from Eleventh, with view of City Hall." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.