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Houston City Hall, Houston

Categories: Government Buildings, Tourist Spots
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2.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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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  • Amazing use of spaces. The basements of the buildings take advantage and interconnect them doing a commercial and comfortable ride to walk or mobilize you without having to endure the Sun and outside acalorante.
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  • Ok, if I have someone visiting Houston, one of the last places I'm ever going to take them is city hall. The building itself looks like it was designed by a Soviet architectural bureau. But, wait, the...  read more »
  • Like everything else in Downtown Houston, this is a tidy, clean and friendly place. It's nothing otherworldly, but when they do the farmers market in the Park is worth giving one back, there are things to eat and buy. Despite my rating, be sure to go through there.
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  • First I'd like to say that I've never been inside the building, however, I've been around the area and park right across from it. It's a nice and calm area one can enjoy if the weather permits.
  • Nice structure.
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