Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Would we even recognize Philadelphia City Hall without Scaffolding ?

Remember years ago when City Hall was ensconced in scaffolding so that William Penn and its tower could be waterproofed. (Taking the button literally, the City appeased us by taking the scaffolding off William Penn, but we still had to endure another couple years with the tower being encased)Well Twenty Years sure goes by fast and it's that time again. This time though, only William Penn will be undergoing the waterproofing and will be scaffolded; And once again tourist will be forced to return to their hometowns with stories and photos our beautiful building wrapped in metal and wood. The dirty deed is set to begin in about 12 days on August 20.Although the outside observation tower will be closed, the inside observation tower will be opened. Do you see the portholes about 20 feet from the bottom of the observation deck, that will be the cramped quarters for the view? No word on discount ticket prices for the scaled back viewing area. You think they could have waited until tourist season was over or how about before they started charging money to visit the observation tower? So hurry, with your friends, family and Aunt Mary, and visit RM 121 for your timed $5 ticket to see the view from the outside unobstructed observation tower and grab your cameras to get that virgin shot of William Penn atop of City Hall
before it's too late and they begin this again

Why didn't they do William Penn at the same time as when they did the Swedish and Indian Figures?Tourist one: "I was in Philadelphia this summer, and visited the magnificent City Hall. The only problem was part of the building was enscounced in scaffolding." Tourist two "I was in Philly 5 years ago and went to City Hall, the building was amazing, the tours were free, but the building was in scaffolding." Some things never change.The curse of William Penn doesn't always have to do with our sports teams! Can I blame this on John Street somehow?
I hear the project should only take 30 days. How many of us really believe that?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great breaking news!

Anonymous said...

Substantially large reward for Edna the dog's murderer's name.

HughE Dillon said...

If you take my William Penn with the Flyers Jersey, please give me photo credit of Hughe Dillon/PhillyChitChat
Thanks