1871 - 1875
of the new City Hall formally began on January 3, 1871 with the first meeting
"Commission for the Erection of Public Buildings."
inutes of their meetings provide a fair picture of problems and events occurring throughout the 30 year construction phase and help to explain the massive and complex project they were charged with completing.
he first five years of construction was a period of high expectations and frenzied building activity:
of Commission - John McArthur Jr. appointed architect - directed to design
plans for 4 separate buildings as well as 1 single building.
Site clearing begins
President of Commission, John Rice, breaks ground
John Sunderland appointed construction superintendent - Excavation underway
|Apr. 17, 1872
Aug. 12, 1872
elected new president of commission.
First foundation stone laid
Calder starts sculpture work - excavation for tower begins
South side of building reaches grade - Marble facade work begins
William C. McPherson replaces Sunderland as superintendent
South foundations joined - foundation work complete
Cornerstone set in grand ceremony
Excavation, including tower, complete
space in basement for sculpture models
Marble facade in full swing - 495 masons at work
Building facade complete to 1st story above grade
Commissioners occupy basement offices
Councils dispute funding request
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