New York City Hall is the Nation's Longest Continually Operating Government Building

Our friends over at This Hidden City recently toured New York City Hall and wrote up a great piece about the history of the building, snapping photos along the way.

The oldest city hall in the United States stands in Manhattan's Civic Center district, between Broadway, Chambers Street, and Park Way. While it is the nations longest continuously-operating government building, it is actually the city's third city hall.

Check out the full article for more photos and history on the United State's longest continually-operating government building, New York City Hall.

New York City Hall
New York City Hall
Photo: Adel Souto
Before ascending the steps to enter, there is a large plaque on the ground, which commemorates the first excavations for the city's subway system.
Before ascending the steps to enter, there is a large plaque on the ground, which commemorates the first excavations for the city's subway system.
Photo: Adel Souto
After entering, one will notice the amazing American-Georgian interior design of marble, sandstone, limestone, and painted wood...
After entering, one will notice the amazing American-Georgian interior design of marble, sandstone, limestone, and painted wood...
Photo: Adel Souto
...which leads to one of the United States' largest floating marble stairways.
...which leads to one of the United States' largest floating marble stairways.
Photo: Adel Souto
Before heading up the stairs to the second floor, take a look up to see the rotunda's dome.
Before heading up the stairs to the second floor, take a look up to see the rotunda's dome.
Photo: Adel Souto
Most rooms within the Hall are not locked, except for one, the Governor's Room, which is normally opened only for tours, or special guests.
Most rooms within the Hall are not locked, except for one, the Governor's Room, which is normally opened only for tours, or special guests.
Photo: Adel Souto
The room holds a large portion of the of the building's oil portrait collection (which is estimated at a total of $100 million)
The room holds a large portion of the of the building's oil portrait collection (which is estimated at a total of $100 million)
Photo: Adel Souto
[…] as well as George Washington's desk
[…] as well as George Washington's desk
Photo: Adel Souto
Photo: Adel Souto
Also, if one feels politically motivated, you may take part in Council meetings in the Hall's Council Chambers.
Also, if one feels politically motivated, you may take part in Council meetings in the Hall's Council Chambers.
Photo: Adel Souto
On a morbid side note, this room's balcony was also the scene of a murder.
On a morbid side note, this room's balcony was also the scene of a murder.
Photo: Adel Souto

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