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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Almost Done: 1911

Almost Done: 1911

Portland, Maine, circa 1911. "New City Hall, Congress Street." Photobomb by our old friend the carbon arc lamp. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Below is the same view from October of 2008.

Well preserved

City Hall (and the building to its left) look almost the same as the original picture. It's nice to see they got the clocks installed.

Odd architecture?

What are thos walls at the top? Very strange to see them just standing there. What is their purpose, or the style they embody?

[They look like chimneys to me. - Dave]

I'd like to see this scene at night illuminated by the hanging lamp!

A Dead Ringer for NYC

This building was obviously inspired by the design of New York's City Hall, designed by Joseph Mangin and John McComb, Jr. (winners of the 1802 competition) and built 1803-1812. The relation of the side wings to the central block and the form of the tower are quite close to the original. The section at the back right is different nonetheless.

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