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City Hall, Houston

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The Houston City Hall building is the headquarters of the city of Houston's government. It was constructed in 1938-1939, and is located in Downtown Houston. It is surrounded by skyscrapers and very similar to dozens of other city halls built in the southwest United States during the same time period. It is flanked by Tranquility Park and the Houston Public Library. The simply designed structure featured many construction details that have helped to make this building an architectural classic.HistoryFrom 1841 to 1939, Houston's municipal government was headquartered at Old Market Square. It was destroyed by fire in the 1870s, and also in 1901, and rebuilt each time. In those days, City Hall was part of the lively commercial atmosphere of the Square. However, by the 1920s, the city leaders decided the site was no longer appropriate for their needs.In 1929, the city's planning commission urged the establishment of a civic center around a downtown park, Herman Square. However, the Great Depression sidetracked the plans for the new center. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted the Works Progress Administration program, the city applied for a WPA grant to help finance the construction of a new City Hall. The grant was approved, and construction began in March 1938, continuing for 20 months.
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  • You would think that the guard at the front doors would give it away with his post-apocalyptic wardrobe made out of old tires and needless shoulder spikes, but once you get inside you are immersed in ...  more »
  • I was not very impressed with the old building. The whole downtown area is a bit dull. There are homeless everywhere, and it was a bit sad to see that. I went there during my layover, and I was done a...  more »
  • If you like modern architecture here can enjoy a big building in which it looks like they took advantage to the maximum the spaces in the building, also on the outside is a great garden where you can take wonderful pictures
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  • The tour guide was friendly and informative about the history of Houston, its government and its past mayors. Great place to experience local government, especially since the council meetings are open to the public.
  • Wednesday Farmers market at city Hall good food and all the people. What's not to love?
  • Worth a drive by. The statues of the Allen Bros are outside the entrance. Worth a look if you care about Houston history.
  • Mayor turner doesn't care abt its firefighters , doesn't know how to run a city. The city is a dump the streets are full of pot holes houston is s disgrace
  • Great civic events! Mayor Turner truly loves this city!

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