New York City Hall

New York, United States

New York City Hall is the seat of New York City government, located at the center of City Hall Park. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council. While the Mayor's Office is in the building, the staff of thirteen municipal agencies under mayoral control are located in the nearby Manhattan Municipal Building, one of the largest government buildings in the world, with many others housed in various buildings in the immediate vicinity.

Although Mangin and McComb designed the building, which was constructed between 1810 and 1812, it has been altered numerous times over the years by several architects. The building consists of a central pavilion with two projecting wings. The entrance, reached by a long flight of steps, has figured prominently in civic events for over a century and a half. There is a columned entrance portico capped by a balustrade, and another balustrade at the roof. 

On the inside, the rotunda is a soaring space with a grand marble stairway rising up to the second floor, where ten fluted Corinthian columns support the coffered dome, which was added in a 1912 restoration by Grosvenor Atterbury. The rotunda has been the site of municipal as well as national events. Abraham Lincoln's coffin was placed on the staircase landing across the rotunda when he lay in state in 1865 after his assassination. Ulysses S. Grant also lay in state beneath the soaring rotunda dome – as did Colonel Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, first Union officer killed in the Civil War and commander of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

There are 108 paintings from the late 18th century through the 20th. Among the collection is John Trumbull's 1805 portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the source of the face on the United States ten-dollar bill. There were significant efforts to restore the paintings in the 1920s and 1940s.



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Founded: 1803-1812
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United States

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Info Source (12 months ago)
Great walking around NYC downtown area that houses majestic and landmark buildings with significant architecture such as Woolworth tower which was the highest office building in the world until 1931, City Hall, Municipal building, Court house, Supreme court, and many more. Big Apple represents diversity not only in the culture, it reflects in it's dramatic landscape filled with iconic buildings making New York city stand unique.
Ziesook You (유지숙) (2 years ago)
Old French Renaissance architectural style of City Hall. Just amazing.
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Paul Rivera (2 years ago)
City Hall, today, was aflame with Truths being spoken to power. Voices being heard of the Suffering of the citizens of New York, both free and incarcerated. Words of Truth dealt with the Housing problems for All NYs, PETA(to protect the lives of horses, Workers party for Fair Wages, RAPP to protect our Elders in prison; every Voice lifted. If you missed it, come the next time Truth Speaks. Tell them I sent you, and see what a wonderfully Human impact you can make on other's lives. And, if you want to contribute time, hit me here.
Lt. Dan Peterson (2 years ago)
No stars; the Dems and libs are trying to take away your rights to freedom. Anti-gunners work here! I came to visit here and they told me they want all your guns and they don't care about any Freedoms and 2A!
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