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Guiltyspark Aug 24, 2014 11:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280 (Post 3827469)
Milwaukee City Hall is my favorite, I believe its the only City Hall (perhaps even seat of government) to hold the title as World's Tallest Building (1895-1899).

http://www.rroofers.com/images/proje...eecityhall.jpg
rroofers.com

http://www.planet99.com/pix/5590_1.jpg

Inside:

http://l.yimg.com/g/images/spaceball.gif
Martin Saunders Flickr

It recently underwent a complete restoration including removing and repairing damaged masonry, re-tiling the roof, and completely replacing the copper on the bell tower. I find this renovation extremely fascinating because the building now looks brand new, its like going back in time and seeing the building as it first looked as a WTB.

During the renovation, you can see the new copper on the top of the bell tower. The whole building has been covered in scaffolding for nearly two years:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2140/...g?v=1211835262
sarah.szurpicki flickr

Are we not counting the Pyramids as a building?

RyanD Aug 25, 2014 3:05 PM

We, here in Denver, really like to use our city hall for a lot of things.

Crazy lights for the Broncos:

http://denverinfill.com/blog/wp-cont...nOrange-01.jpg
http://denverinfill.com/blog/2014/02...o-broncos.html

http://denverinfill.com/blog/wp-cont...nOrange-02.jpg
http://denverinfill.com/blog/2014/02...o-broncos.html

Shooting off fireworks:

http://www.neilcormanimages.com/blog...ark-Denver.jpg
http://www.neilcormanimages.com/

http://svcdn.simpleviewinc.com/v3/ca...E1F33A242E.jpg
http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/d...nver-4th-july/

And of course, decking it out for the holidays:

http://media.thedenverchannel.com/ph....0_640_480.jpg
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...holiday-season

http://blog.denverrenaissance.com/.a...f182970b-500wi
http://blog.denverrenaissance.com/de...sance/2011/11/

rihanageorge Aug 28, 2014 7:15 AM

Yes, each building has its own beauty and charm. I think these all are beautiful and master piece of art.

mrnyc Aug 28, 2014 2:38 PM

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Originally Posted by pj3000 (Post 4668795)


it's fine, but i wish the old cleveland city hall building was still around -- it was less imposing, more folksy, more humane and more interactive with the street level. you can really see the changes going on in cleveland and in america in those times in both of these city halls. the city and country were growing and getting less gee-gaw, aww shucks and more business-like! :cheers:

http://i1340.photobucket.com/albums/...pszbd8glyh.jpg

Crawford Aug 28, 2014 6:06 PM

I think Philly, Milwaukee and Buffalo win this one.

mmourning Aug 28, 2014 8:13 PM

Smaller photos were posted before, but St. Louis's City Hall is worth revisiting.

Some different angles:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4144/...fe010f10_b.jpgSt. Louis City Hall by damjrok, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/...6bbbc0a6_b.jpgSt. Louis City Hall - July 2011 by Larry Senalik, on Flickr

Main entrance:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3242/...af569e4c_b.jpgCity Hall by McBusby, on Flickr

What the building looked like with original tower(s) intact:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3387/...9bcb08f3_b.jpgSt. Louis City Hall by Missouri History Museum, on Flickr

Inside:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8328/...641cdc9c_b.jpgSt. Louis City Hall by hannibal1107, on Flickr

Jawnadelphia Aug 28, 2014 10:21 PM

Philadelphia's City Hall was the world's tallest building from 1901-1908.

And continues to be the world's tallest masonry building since 1953.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ust_Street.jpg

CharmCity1 Aug 31, 2014 3:26 AM

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Originally Posted by TallCoolOne (Post 6709894)
Philadelphia's City Hall was the world's tallest building from 1901-1908.

And continues to be the world's tallest masonry building since 1953.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ust_Street.jpg

Thats an Interesting fact. Baltimore's City Hall is made of the same snow white marble -- dug from a string of canyonlike pits in the Baltimore County area of Cockeysville -- it was also used for such notable buildings as the Capitol in Wahington, and the Washington Monument. Many of the city's well-known white marble steps also came from the quarry.

10538 Aug 31, 2014 2:20 PM

My favourites:
 
Dallas

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...sCityHallB.jpg

New Orleans

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ns_Letters.jpg

Boston

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._city_hall.jpg

Trans Canada Aug 31, 2014 3:03 PM

Old Ottawa City Hall

This building was Ottawa's City Hall from 1958 to 2000, since then it has been offices for the federal government. The international-style tower block was built in 1958 and expanded in 1993 in the postmodernist style by Moshe Safdie. Beautiful if you're into PoMo.

1958 building:

http://i.imgur.com/oR4kka5.png
Panda Associates, http://contentdm.ucalgary.ca/cdm4/it...SOBOX=1&REC=11

http://i.imgur.com/Lnr4Ikm.png
Panda Associates, http://contentdm.ucalgary.ca/cdm4/it...SOBOX=1&REC=19

1993 addition (click images for full size):

http://i.imgur.com/EYmbAFal.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/9QzE7yYl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/p7UT8Wol.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Vsg9Gpol.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/SFPqnrEl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/JSnnuqol.jpg

All photos Safdie Architects http://www.msafdie.com/#/projects/ottawacityhall

Crawford Aug 31, 2014 9:51 PM

That reminds me- NOLA should get worst city hall, at least in current condition. Falling apart, totally anti-urban, an architectural travesty, and a squatters camp at night.

abigler Sep 3, 2014 6:30 PM

City Hall - Gary, IN
 
Gary is a well-known Rust Belt city that has had its share hard economic times. I have visited Gary a number of times within the past 5 years to see how some of its revitalization efforts are going. Every time i drive into the city, my favorite landmarks are right there in downtown: The Lake County Superior Courthouse and the Gary City Hall. Beautiful buildings in the heart of a city that is still in the midst of economic suffering and trying to reinvent itself.

http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8153/...bfe9207084.jpg

http://www.nwigs.org/ImageArchive/Ga...rca1940-SS.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3376/3...50a366c8a1.jpg

MolsonExport Sep 3, 2014 7:24 PM

From Robocop.

The North One Sep 19, 2014 5:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TallCoolOne (Post 6709894)
Philadelphia's City Hall was the world's tallest building from 1901-1908.

And continues to be the world's tallest masonry building since 1953.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ust_Street.jpg

It honestly looks like a penis, lmfao.

ozone Oct 23, 2014 5:37 PM

For me, New York City's city hall is the best. Sure it's a little small for a city of its size, but it's elegant, well-proportioned, and perfectly sited for that city. I also really like Los Angeles' city hall. It is unique, handsome and powerful looking. But they really cocked up it's surroundings with a mishmash of mediocre post-WWII buildings. Buffalo NY also has a great art deco city hall.

Don't kill me but I have to agree with those saying Philadelphia's city hall is somewhat overrated. It's elaborate for sure, but it's just too ill-proportioned. Oddly, I think the same thing about San Francisco's city hall because the drum/dome is just a little too large for the wings. SF's Civic Center has great collection of Beaux Arts buildings but it has never really come together, largely because the surrounding streets are too wide and that 1960's era plaza. If they narrowed or closed the surrounding streets, used cleaver landscaping and added cafes/entertainment it could live up to it's potential. Likewise, they could really improve Boston's city hall if they tried. The problem might be thinking city halls/plaza can't also be mix-use spaces? Dallas' city hall by comparison is more bland and corporate. But none of these compare to New Orleans' WTF? city hall. Such a great city surely deserves better!

Jawnadelphia Oct 23, 2014 6:38 PM

Philly City Hall overrated....?? y'all smokin that good stuff up in the Badlands of North Philly or something.

It's not just it's massive-ness, and masonry, and the carvings, and the sculptures of the 4 known "races" of the world, and the fact it took 30 yrs to build, but its placement perfectly at the center of William Penn's grid city block design, it's placement looking down the Parkway to the Art Museum and vice versa, and the fact ol' Billy Penn gets to overlook his city forever and ever high atop, and then the whole "you can't build taller than City Hall" agreement that held for much of the 20th century. And that bright yellow clock at night... and now also, the area surrounding it has been completed re-done and is worthy of City Hall's broad shoulders. Terrific history. An American treasure.

Whether it looks like a prick or not, it's ballsy. And the best (in my opinion - of course).

[IMG]https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3935/...e36ef9ef_c.jpgUntitled by TallCoolOne2014, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now that ........is a City Hall !

[IMG]https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3951/...c2680531_c.jpgUntitled by TallCoolOne2014, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5611/...382009db_c.jpgUntitled by TallCoolOne2014, on Flickr[/IMG]

JohnMarko Nov 11, 2014 4:29 AM

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Originally Posted by The North One (Post 6736369)
It honestly looks like a penis, lmfao.

If you think it does, I'd really get to the doctor quickly!

Thank god MY dick does not even remotely look like that!

GlassCity Nov 11, 2014 6:16 AM

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Originally Posted by JohnMarko (Post 6803136)
If you think it does, I'd really get to the doctor quickly!

Thank god MY dick does not even remotely look like that!

Mine does :uhh:

leftimage Nov 11, 2014 6:29 AM

Does Montreal qualify ?

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6162/...b13419de_b.jpg

hauntedheadnc Nov 11, 2014 4:54 PM

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Originally Posted by TallCoolOne (Post 6780268)
It's not just it's massive-ness, and masonry, and the carvings, and the sculptures of the 4 known "races" of the world, and the fact it took 30 yrs to build, but its placement perfectly at the center of William Penn's grid city block design, it's placement looking down the Parkway to the Art Museum and vice versa, and the fact ol' Billy Penn gets to overlook his city forever and ever high atop, and then the whole "you can't build taller than City Hall" agreement that held for much of the 20th century. And that bright yellow clock at night... and now also, the area surrounding it has been completed re-done and is worthy of City Hall's broad shoulders. Terrific history. An American treasure.

This is the perfectionist in me speaking, but when you look at a map, the actual square in which the city hall sits is a little off-kilter to the west, and the placement of the building is slightly off to the south. Perfect building, imperfect placement, which just drives me right up the fucking wall. I feel the same way about the Washington Monument.


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