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Tom Servo Oct 10, 2008 2:22 PM

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...particularly the Aalto...

oh... ok, i wasn't aware that alvar aalto was a brutalist... huh... :shrug:

KevinFromTexas Oct 10, 2008 2:47 PM

I think California probably has the most beautiful city halls. Those domed beauties of the past can't be beat.

Anyway, I need to take some newer pics of it, but Austin's city hall is just 4 years old. It was designed by Antoine Predock. This is the 5th building to house Austin's city hall.

These pics are 4 year old scanned film pics, so please excuse the quality!


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris439417.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris439404.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...is439412-1.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris439423.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris439420.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris439419.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris437978.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris439444.jpg

See more here:
http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu?id=a...-austin-tx-usa

CGII Oct 10, 2008 2:49 PM

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Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3849345)
oh... ok, i wasn't aware that alvar aalto was a brutalist... huh... :shrug:

So all you have to say in response is a snotty comment concerning my miscategorization of an architect of whose work you displayed an uninteresting example of? Well heaven forbid I might make a mental slip up as to image Tadao Ando when I think of Alvar Aalto. Yeesh.

ChrisLA Oct 10, 2008 3:01 PM

Just in case anyone didn't know Azusa is a suburb in the Los Angeles metro. I actually forgot about this one. I should be ashame since I lived in Azusa for a 1 1/2 years back in the 90's. I spent a lot of time in the downtown area at the local library.



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Originally Posted by danielm5486 (Post 3846887)


delts145 Oct 11, 2008 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas (Post 3849389)
I think California probably has the most beautiful city halls. Those domed beauties of the past can't be beat.

Anyway, I need to take some newer pics of it, but Austin's city hall is just 4 years old. It was designed by Antoine Predock. This is the 5th building to house Austin's city hall.

These pics are 4 year old scanned film pics, so please excuse the quality!


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris439417.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...oris439419.jpg

See more here:
http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu?id=a...-austin-tx-usa

Kevin, I think I'm in love. That is one very attractive building IMO. I especially like the stone they used. Is that a native stone found in the area? Also, the lines and contrasting materials are superb! Absolutely warm, embracing, and beautiful, yet also comtemporary.
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dollaztx Oct 14, 2008 7:25 PM

Haven't had the chance of visiting Austin's City Hall but it does look pretty good. Seems to go with all the new buildings that have been built. Here are some more pics of Dallas City Hall.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/...91e162.jpg?v=0
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3223/...7d41c56a_o.jpg
dallasarchitecture.info
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3014/...bb01c5.jpg?v=0
dextrovert.com
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/164/3...55920e.jpg?v=0
dallasarchitecture.info

delts145 Oct 17, 2008 1:15 PM

Boca Raton, Florida

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1087/...5ab9a66057.jpg
Steven M.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1228/...b18f5e.jpg?v=0
Steven M.

http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...1/90049804.JPG
dkimages.com
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Scruffy Nov 6, 2008 4:38 AM

I know im a homer but i love NYC's City Hall. I think its classy inside and out
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...a/DSC04758.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...DSC02459-1.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...DSC02484-1.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...a/DSC02467.jpg

Scruffy Nov 6, 2008 4:40 AM

Its a super small city hall, especially for the size of NYC. But we have the beautiful municipal building a block north for more space.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...a/DSC04751.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...a/DSC07013.jpg

desolate Nov 7, 2008 3:47 PM

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...IMG_0718-1.jpg

From the recent Phillies Parade.

Our City Hall was the epicenter with most of the crowds. (est @750,000-1,000,000)

A note, Philadelphia City Hall is really at the center of Philadelphia.

http://www.mapsofpa.com/articlepics/art3005.jpg

(City Hall is now in the center "square")

cubanChris Nov 7, 2008 5:49 PM

^^hiiiiiyooooooo big ups philly

delts145 Nov 8, 2008 2:22 PM

First thing I think when I look at the New York City Hall is "Wow, that must fit only the Mayor and his staff." Though, I do like the design allot, I immediately assumed that there must be allot of annex space taken up in surrounding buildings. I was pleased to see pics of the NYC Municipal building and how beautiful it is. Definately not just another 60's piece of grunge.

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...a/DSC07013.jpg

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ThisSideofSteinway Nov 8, 2008 2:26 PM

The city government has become more and more dispersed over the years. The building on the right in the photo above used to be the Tweed Courthouse (a fun story in itself) but is now the main offices of the Department of Education.

CGII Nov 9, 2008 1:45 AM

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Originally Posted by delts145 (Post 3899481)
First thing I think when I look at the New York City Hall is "Wow, that must fit only the Mayor and his staff." Though, I do like the design allot, I immediately assumed that there must be allot of annex space taken up in surrounding buildings. I was pleased to see pics of the NYC Municipal building and how beautiful it is. Definately not just another 60's piece of grunge.

The city, county state and federal government in New York has its own neighbourhood in Manhattan, with several skyscrapers of equal or greater size as the Municipal Building, and lots of big neoclassical courthouses.

Cirrus Nov 10, 2008 5:15 PM

I have mixed feelings about NY's municipal building skyscraper. I'll take it over any of these modernist buildings, but the proportions are bad compared to better traditional buildings.

Beaux Arts is just really hard to pull off in skyscraper form. It's more suited to horizontal buildings than vertical ones.

delts145 Nov 15, 2008 4:03 PM

Portland, Maine

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2129/...g?v=1212038453

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3229/...31e1a673_b.jpg
pics by Nono Modugno http://flickr.com/photos/mozzarellah...92961/sizes/l/

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delts145 Nov 15, 2008 4:07 PM

Capetown, South Africa

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3089/...25620bdc_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3067/...5b607faf_o.jpg
pics by mooi kiekies http://flickr.com/photos/mooi_kiekies/2575457270/

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delts145 Nov 15, 2008 4:11 PM

Mexico City

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/180/4...17cd5df7_b.jpg
by Esparta http://flickr.com/photos/esparta/404023488/sizes/l/

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Don098 Nov 15, 2008 4:41 PM

CAPE TOWN!!!!! :-( :-( oh i miss it

ThisSideofSteinway Nov 15, 2008 4:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Cirrus (Post 3902886)
I have mixed feelings about NY's municipal building skyscraper. I'll take it over any of these modernist buildings, but the proportions are bad compared to better traditional buildings.

Beaux Arts is just really hard to pull off in skyscraper form. It's more suited to horizontal buildings than vertical ones.

If only Stanford White had lived a little longer - I would have loved to see what his contribution would have been.


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