"City Hall" City Hall & Woolworth Building Tip by yooperprof

  classical perfection?
by yooperprof

Favorite thing: Lower Manhattan is full of noble classical architecture, and one of the finest buildings is the graceful City Hall, constructed between 1803 and 1812, and designed by Joseph Mangin and John McComb Jr. Francis Morrone, in his excellent guide to NYC Architecture, can't say enough in praise of this civic temple: "It expresses our founders' conception of the role of government in the American democracy better than any other building in the nation: resolute, but not overbearing. The grandiose Capitol in Washington D.C. does not even approach it in stating the nobler aspects of the American concept of Government."

It's a little sad to see it all fenced off, post 9/11, looking as beseiged as an American Embassy in Europe. I guess that says something, too.

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  • Written Jun 8, 2005
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