Carpenters’ Hall to Reopen in July

Carpenters’ Hall, one of Philadelphia’s most recognized historic sites, is set to reopen to the public on July 3 after being closed since April 2022. Reopening plans were announced Wednesday, April 26, during the David McCullough Prize for Excellence in American Public History at the Museum of the American Revolution. Carpenters’ Hall has a long history as a meeting place and was home to tenants in the arts, sciences, and commerce.

With its landmark reopening set for this summer, a temporary exhibit will also be on display titled “Artifacts and Architecture.” According to Maggie Mancini with Philly Voice, the exhibit will feature “archeological artifacts” uncovered during the “$3 million preservation project” and include photos of its progress. The preservation project was partially funded by the state of Pennsylvania and members of the Carpenters’ Company and focused on exterior repairs. The unveiling, initially scheduled for February 2023, was canceled due to a fire in the building’s basement on Christmas Eve 2022. Archival material was damaged in the fire, and most repair costs were covered by insurance. Carpenters’ Hall began a GoFundMe to help cover additional costs of repairs, including a new security system, fire protection system, and fireproof archival storage.

Carpenters’ Hall plans to add event information for its landmark reopening on their website. For more information, click here.