Founder’s Hall (built 1833-1847), the city’s greatest Greek Revival building designed by architect Thomas U. Walter, contains magnificent, vaulted spaces suitable for a variety of public events. A second-floor museum is devoted to Stephen Girard and the unique school he founded. One of the wealthiest men in America when he died, Stephen Girard (1750-1831) made his fortune as a merchant, banker and landowner. He left that fortune to establish Girard College (grades 1-12), originally endowed to educate poor, white, male orphans. Explore the complex life of America’s first multi-millionaire through his uniquely-preserved possessions, made in Philadelphia and around the world. Through historic objects, delve into the legacy of a school which has fascinated visitors since the 19th century, became the focus of a key civil rights case in the 20th century, and continues to educate economically disadvantaged youth into the 21st century. Museum open for tours. Facility available for rental.
Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 1.92 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 1.14 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 1.50 miles