This is a picture of Philadelphia City hall. I grew up just west of the city and most of my family still lives in the city so we have spent quite a bit of time there. This building always stood out to me for several reasons. First, I’ve always looked up to my grandfather who works for a congressman in the city and i’ve always associated the building with him and his work. The second reason is another association I made with the history of the city itself. The second empire architecture reminds me of European parliamentary and government buildings highlighting the influence of European society in our roots. Its iconic. It embodies the story and the spirit of the city as a whole. Today, much like the Alamo, it’s surrounded by more modern architecture and you likely won’t even see it until you’re right on top of it but I don’t think that’s spoiled it. William Penn stands resolute over the grand experiment of America and no amount of progress has disrupted the story or vision of this building.