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SuburbanNation Oct 4, 2008 6:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JivecitySTL (Post 3834196)
St. Louis City Hall is modeled after the famous Hotel de Ville in Paris:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_gpkXyrGq7Eo/R0...E/DSCN3476.JPG
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_gpkXyrGq7Eo/R0...E/DSCN3476.JPG

http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/1782281.jpg
http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/1782281.jpg

with pierre laclede, our founder and the controversial city commissioned art pieces "box window air conditioning."

delts145 Oct 4, 2008 7:46 PM

:previous:

St. Louis City Hall
http://api.ning.com/files/KmiIkRNFZk...isCityHall.jpg

http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/...n/cityhal2.jpg
stlouismissouri.org

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DJM19 Oct 5, 2008 8:24 PM

Another Los Angeles city hall perhaps worth mentioning is the Van Nuys city hall...its much smaller and more humble, but today it is used rather like a san fernando valley branch of city hall.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3269/...dd01de7104.jpg
From Dogwelder on Flickr

Tom Servo Oct 5, 2008 9:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by delts145 (Post 3839500)

as much as i want to not like this,
that's a really cool looking building

...i will say, however, in person, the building doesn't at all have the same feel as that picture would suggest

HooverDam Oct 6, 2008 4:19 AM

Tempe, Arizona's city hall isn't as beautiful as some in this thread, but it is neat:

http://www.waltlockley.com/tempecityhall/01.jpg

the inverted pyramid shades a below grade courtyard and garden.

http://www.waltlockley.com/tempecityhall/02.jpg

http://www.waltlockley.com/tempecityhall/04.jpg

http://www.waltlockley.com/tempecityhall/07.jpg

http://www.waltlockley.com/tempecityhall/08.jpg

photos from Walt Lockley.com, a terrific site about Valley architecture.

delts145 Oct 6, 2008 12:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3840789)
as much as i want to not like this,
that's a really cool looking building

...i will say, however, in person, the building doesn't at all have the same feel as that picture would suggest

Adrian, please elaborate on St. Louis, I'm curious.

Also Hoover, Thanks for sharing the shots of Tempe's City Hall. I think it is very beautiful and interesting. I like the lines allot.

Tom Servo Oct 6, 2008 2:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by delts145 (Post 3841703)
Adrian, please elaborate on St. Louis, I'm curious.

Also Hoover, Thanks for sharing the shots of Tempe's City Hall. I think it is very beautiful and interesting. I like the lines allot.

well, have you ever been to st. louis and this building? that picture makes it look like a building you'd see in the middle of berlin or something like that... but in person, it is rather detached from the street and is semi isolated like an island in the middle of the block. that's all i meant...

TANGELD_SLC Oct 7, 2008 3:50 AM

w00t w00t! I really like tempe's city hall! :D

Uptowngirl Oct 7, 2008 2:00 PM

The old New Orleans city hall was the previously posted Gallier Hall from the 1850s.
The above city hall is a product of the 1950s, and it is pretty bad...

The city has no money to build another really...but there is talk or moving city government across the street to the Dominion Tower. Nothing, of course, will happen until Nagin leaves office in oh...1.5 yrs

delts145 Oct 8, 2008 5:05 PM

San Diego City Hall
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2183/...6121f5.jpg?v=0
l.yimg.com

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/...1e844c7a_b.jpg
national historic register

http://lh6.ggpht.com/LittleItalyInn/...0/IMG_0559.JPG
LittleItalyInn

City Hall to the right
http://lh5.ggpht.com/dpanian/SISOrCs...0/IMG_0210.JPG
Picasaweb.google.com - David's public gallery
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LMJCobalt Oct 8, 2008 7:24 PM

Bet you never thought of it...

Albany NY:

Richardson designed--already been a few of his (or at least the style he invented) posted here. But I've always been fond of this building, elegant and graceful.

http://www.planetnikon.com/forums/bl...1191326910.jpg

Looks a little dreary in that photo, oh well. More info here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_City_Hall

and here:

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/a...banyrich2.html

Cirrus Oct 8, 2008 9:33 PM

SLC, Milwaukee, Pasadena, Beverly Hills are all really good.

Here is DC's. Unforch it's a terrible picture (I don't have a good one)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Wilsonbldg.JPG

All decked-out for the holidays
http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.u...20Building.jpg

Here is Baltimore's, which though I am a fan of traditional architecture admit is awkward (the dome doesn't match the flanks)
http://beyonddc.com/images/photos/ba...l02-ravens.jpg

Not nominating for beauty, but just to show off, here is Arlington, VA's:
http://www.virginiareckless.com/reso...se$7EPlaza.jpg

For smaller cities, here is Fairfax, VA's
http://beyonddc.com/images/photos/va...cityhall01.jpg

Quote:

At least Dallas and Boston tried to use a brain cell or two and do something original
Modernist geometric sculpturalism is anything but original. If traditional architecture is "throwing together columns and crap" then geometric sculpturalism is "throwing together shapes randomly". That type of modernism is an absolute abortion of good design, and hasn't qualified as original in at least 50 years.

CGII Oct 8, 2008 9:42 PM

Just one more bit of love for Milwaukee's city hall, back when it first acheived its 'world's tallest' status:

http://img127.imageshack.us/img127/8...00158xlqq7.jpg


Quote:

Originally Posted by Cirrus (Post 3846600)
That type of modernism is an absolute abortion of good design, and hasn't qualified as original in at least 50 years.

I'd say try 70.

brickell Oct 8, 2008 10:32 PM

For the modernist: Sarasota City Hall 1966
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2311/...7811ffd2_o.jpg
src: http://www.modmidmod.com/category/florida/

plinko Oct 8, 2008 11:43 PM

I forgot all about Van Nuys...it's a gem

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...61028LA336.jpg

Tom Servo Oct 8, 2008 11:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CGII (Post 3846611)

I'd say try 70.

wait... are you saying (and the most of you too) that brutalism pre-dates its own existance, suggesting that brutalism was nothing more than an exhausted bauhaus remnant: a recycled reuse of obsolete ideas that lacked any amount of creativity and nothing more than talentless assemblage of shapes and materials?

...is that the official stance on brutalism in here?

danielm5486 Oct 9, 2008 12:42 AM

Azusa, CA
 
Hello,
Since I don't want small towns to be forgotten here is another California city hall from the 1920's- Azusa California :)

http://lh3.ggpht.com/danielm5486/SO1...zusa%20020.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/danielm5486/SO1...zusa%20021.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/danielm5486/SO1...zusa%20026.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/danielm5486/SO1...zusa%20028.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/danielm5486/SO1...0/DSCF0948.JPG

[all pictures by me]

hauntedheadnc Oct 9, 2008 1:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3846824)
wait... are you saying (and the most of you too) that brutalism pre-dates its own existance, suggesting that brutalism was nothing more than an exhausted bauhaus remnant: a recycled reuse of obsolete ideas that lacked any amount of creativity and nothing more than talentless assemblage of shapes and materials?

...is that the official stance on brutalism in here?

I think a more succinct way to phrase it would be to say that parking decks have never been lovely -- not even when you add windows and call them a City Hall.

CGII Oct 9, 2008 11:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3846824)
wait... are you saying (and the most of you too) that brutalism pre-dates its own existance, suggesting that brutalism was nothing more than an exhausted bauhaus remnant: a recycled reuse of obsolete ideas that lacked any amount of creativity and nothing more than talentless assemblage of shapes and materials?

...is that the official stance on brutalism in here?

In the case of Boston City Hall, I would say yes. Lots of Kahn/Aalto projects are quite original, and trust me, I'm a HUGE fan of brutalism but the examples you posted or referenced (particularly the Aalto) were subpar representations of that style. I am a fan of Boston City Hall, but not the prarie like open space and swath demolition that accompanied its construction. I also am a bit of a fan of the Dallas city hall but again I feel it is a very straightforward, dare I say 'corporate' looking building with a gimmick to the front. Neither are particularly original in their fields, and in general I feel that brutalism is a style that does not typically adapt well to civic monuments (Kahn's Bangladesh Parliament House is the exception).

Peanut Oct 9, 2008 11:16 PM

Syracuse's City Hall

http://www.pbase.com/image/30069006.jpg


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