Renovated Independence Hall Tower Set To Debut This Saturday, February 18, With An Official Relighting Of The Tower, Starting Of The Clock And Ringing Of The Centennial Bell

Philadelphia's iconic Independence Hall Tower has sat silent and dark behind a scrim and scaffolding for the past 18 months. With the rehabilitation project now completed,the National Park Service is ready to relight the tower, start the clock and ring the Centennial Bell that hangs in the tower. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

After 18 months of rehabilitation, the iconic clock tower at Independence Hall is ready to be unveiled. To mark the occasion, Independence National Historical Park Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod will welcome Mayor Michael Nutter and Congressman Chaka Fattah to join her in cutting the ribbon for the completed project this Saturday, February 18.

The event will start at 4:30 p.m. and will culminate with the ribbon-cutting and bell ringing at 5 p.m.

All visitors and residents are invited to join the city and the park for the ceremony, which can be viewed from Independence Mall, across the street from Independence Hall. The stage will be set on Independence Mall, directly across from Independence Hall. The ribbon cutting will be on Independence Square, just east of the Washington Statue.

After the event, the park will also keep Independence Hall open for free public tours until 6 p.m. that evening.

The tower rehabilitation project has successfully repaired significant deterioration and decay that has occurred over the years to the tower’s exterior skin and structural framing, preserving the historic integrity of this World Heritage designated site.

Funded by $4.4 million in stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the rehabilitation project began in July 2010. The project has successfully repaired significant deterioration and decay that has occurred over the years to the tower’s exterior skin and structural framing, preserving the historic integrity of this World Heritage designated site. Under the stewardship of the National Park Service, Independence Hall has been restored whenever possible to its original late-18th century appearance, inside and out.

Check out a diagram of the tower and the work that needed to be done below.

With the scaffolding and the scrim finally coming down, we can’t wait to see Independence Hall looking like itself again.

Independence Hall Tower Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Where: Independence Mall, 5th and Chestnut Streets
When: Saturday, February 18, 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.nps.gov/inde

(Image courtesy Independence National Historical Park)

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