The Nature of Place
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and The Olin Partnership envisioned a great American place in the heart of Philadelphia's historic district in their 1997 master plan for Independence Mall. In keeping with this spirit, the building connects seamlessly to the city and to the collective memory of events that took place here. Contemporary yet resonating with 18th- and 19th-century architectural traditions, the brick, stone and glass building is an open, human-scale place of gathering and community. Place, architecture and icon join to make a moving and memorable experience. Visitors exit the bell chamber and emerge near the southwest corner of the mall, well positioned to continue their visit to the park's other important sites and the surrounding historic city.