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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Municipal Building

This almost looks a little like Italy bathed in this afternoon light, doesn't it? Not a total fantasy - architecturally, the Municipal Building's design uses Imperial Roman, Italian Renaissance and Classical styles. By 1884, New York City had surpassed the limited physical space in City Hall; many of its agencies were scattered throughout the city in various rented offices. Plans were made for a large civic building to accommodate the various city agencies with four design competitions between 1888 and 1907. Twelve architectural firms submitted plans for the new building in the final competition and the winning submission was from the firm of McKim, Mead and White, internationally renowned and the largest architectural firm in the world at the time. Building started in 1909 (when NYC already included five boroughs and a population of 4.5 million) and was finished in 1914-15. It stands at 40 stories, 580 feet (177m). This building is of major architectural significance in NYC and was highly influential - Moscow University's main building and other buildings in the Soviet Union were styled after it. The statue over the central tower is the heroic figure "Civic Fame" by Adolph Weinman in copper, 20 feet high, poised on a large copper ball (it's the second largest statue in the city after the Statue of Liberty). A crown with five crenellations represents the five boroughs of the City, as do the five cupolas of the building. Read more about the building here. The Manhattan Municipal Building houses thirteen agencies - more than 28,000 New Yorkers get married here each year. It's also where you can file for divorce - so convenient :)

4 comments:

Dsole said...

so it's such an interesting building... I guess there are a lot of funny stories happening there everyday!
The light over the building is just spectacular!

Martel said...

On my Blog, I show to you the “Right Street”, one of the principal streets of Martel. Cavity it is very except right-hand side, it turns in all the directions. Also have in your city, of the streets with a name in contradiction with the street? (Street example of the restaurants without any restaurants).
Good Day
My blog photographs on the town of Martel

Aigars Bruvelis said...

You are right. In Riga we do have the science academy that looks very much like this building.

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is a very nice photograph. I like it and enjoyed my visit to your blog today.

I have some good news:

The three baby robins are on their way to Meet the World. I miss them already. It was quite an emotional experience.
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