Inside the Renovated City Hall

City Hall facadeI live across the street from City Hall but I’d never been in the building, so when I learned that free, hour-long tours are readily available—and that photography is allowed (as long as you don’t take photos of people), I reserved.

On the tour, you get to see the lobby, central staircase, and, on the second floor, the Governors Room (a reception room), and the City Council Chambers, which wasn’t in session on the day I went. I focused on listening to the guide and taking photos instead of taking notes, so if you want to read about the building’s interesting history, you’ll have to click that link above. What I can add is that City Hall looks fantastic after all the work that’s been done. Although the City Council Chambers has a terribly framed flag—maybe someone can donate an upgrade?

The ground floor

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The second floor

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The Governors Room

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The City Council Chambers

City Hall City Council chamberCity Hall City Council chamber2City Hall City Council chamber ceiling muralTours of the Tweed Courthouse are also available. Stay tuned….

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  1. Awesome! Thanks for these pictures! Was it hard to get a time slot for the tour?

  2. Wow, really beautiful photographs; they highlight all of the lovely details and the creamy whites and grays of the rotundas and hallways. Thanks for taking us on your tour!

  3. Wonderful photos! You’d think that they could do better than those cheap folding chairs though!

    • The chairs are weak, but just so you know, they’re for people who come to watch something be discussed in committee. Actual city council members get wooden desks that were all stored off to the side on the day I went.