New York City Hall at Civic Center's City
New York City Hall
The New York City Hall lies
at the center of the Civic Centerís City
Hall Park. It is in the lower section of
Manhattan between Parkway, Broadway and
Chambers Street. It is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, and is
considered to be a National Historic
It is the oldest City Hall in America that
is still being used for its original
government functions, which include the
chambers of the New York City Council and
the office of the Mayor of New York City.
The New York City Hall was built from 1803
to 1812 although plans to build date back as
far back as 1776. A year before its
construction, the city held a competition
for a new City Hall, and the top prize
of $350 was given to Joseph
Francois Mangin and John McComb Junior.
Mangin studied architecture in France before
coming to New York City to work as a
surveyor in 1795.
He published New York Cityís
official map in 1803. His notable works
include St. Patrickís Old Cathedral along
Mulberry Street. McComb, on the other hand,
was a native New Yorker who was born to a
who used to work in the old
City Hall. McComb designed Castle Clinton,
which is in Battery Park.