Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Independence National Historical Park

Independence Hall and surroundings, 1929

photograph of Independence Hall

A dense commercial district surrounded Independence Hall prior to the 1950s, as shown here in a 1929 photograph (PhillyHistory.org)

PhillyHistory.org

A dense commercial district surrounded Independence Hall prior to the 1950s. When the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, seen in the distance, opened in 1926, it helped to define the north-south axis that became Independence Mall.

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