The simple loveliness of New York’s City Hall

When City Hall opened in 1812, some New Yorkers feared it was too far north; after all, the city at the time was centered at the southern tip of Manhattan.


But the city quickly marched northward and this French-inspired Federal structure (the two designers who built it won $350 for their efforts) has been in use continually for more than 200 years.

Surrounded by stately city buildings and offices and often the site of riots and demonstrations, it maintains a simple elegance.

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7 Responses to “The simple loveliness of New York’s City Hall”

  1. marylandis Says:

    The fact that it is still used for the original purpose after 200 plus years is wonderful!

  2. Kenneth Conway Says:

    And blanketed in snow (or really, anytime), beautiful City Hall Park is one of the wonders of New York.

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  4. ronfrankl Says:

    My favorite story about the building of City Hall is that the north side of the building was originally finished with plain stone, because the planners were certain it would be decades before people lived on that side of City Hall. They couldn’t have been more wrong, of course.

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