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Houston 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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  • 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 »
  • I wanted show my daughter city hall while we downtown at the Houston central library across the street. We were able to get a great lunch from one of the food trucks that alone the streets around lunc...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • 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!
  • It's a beautiful place with good view.
  • 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.
  • Don't try to fight it