Circle Tours

Historic City Hall - Lower Manhattan


-Gail Cornell, an architectural historian and volunteer docent led the group.


-Interior Staircase


-The Governors Room


-City Council Chamber Room

The Conservancy was pleased to offer its Professional Circle members a tour of historic City Hall.

Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York’s City Hall is the oldest continuously used city hall in the nation and one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. The result of a competition held in 1802, the winning team of Joseph François Mangin, a French émigré, and John McComb, Jr., a New Yorker, designed the building in the Federal style with French influences, such as the five large arched windows and delicate ornamental swags.

City Hall is a designated New York City landmark and its soaring rotunda, topped by a coffered dome and encircled by a keystone-cantilevered staircase, is an interior landmark.

The tour was provided by the New York City Design Commission’s Tour Program. Gail Cornell, an architectural historian and volunteer docent led the group.

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Throughout the year, Circle tours go behind-the-scenes of some of New York’s most interesting historic properties. Some tours require hard hats to visit projects during restoration, while others showcase completed restorations of commercial buildings, residences, museums, churches, and synagogues. On occasion, conservators, engineers, and craftspeople open their studios to our Circle members.

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