New York City Hall at Civic Center's City Hall Park
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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 Landmark.


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 man

who used to work in the old City Hall. McComb designed Castle Clinton, which is in Battery Park.