Spotlight: New York’s City Hall
November 25, 2015 by Theo Mackey Pollack
I took these pictures in October 2015, during a visit that I made to City Hall (1802-12), with Honey, as part of Open House New York. City Hall is located in New York’s historic town green — the topic of a previous LT post. My current office is at 250 Broadway, which is the glass building located just to the right of the Woolworth Building in a couple of the outdoor photos. More about the history and architecture of City Hall can be found here. Images of the Council Chamber, including its incredible ceiling, are at the end of the series.
The facade of City Hall.
A statue of Nathan Hale, on the front lawn. There is no visual record of Hale.
The front (south-facing) portico.
Steps leading up to south portico (west-facing).
Frank Gehry’s New York residential tower, seen from lawn.
The Woolworth Building and 250 Broadway, with Robert A.M. Stern’s residential tower in the background.
An unusual steam radiator in the main hall.
Detail of radiator cover.
Flooring of the main hall.
Columns and rotunda in the main hall.
The rotunda and oculus of the main hall.
Echoes of Rome’s Pantheon.
An allusion to New York’s maritime roots.
Overview of the Governor’s Room.
Relief of a NYS seal in the molding of the mantlepiece.
George Washington used this desk.
Overview of the Council Chamber.
Mosaic tablets on molding above gallery.
Ceiling of the Council Chamber.
Gallery of the Council Chamber.
Looking down into the well of the Chamber.