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Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Harris County, TX



See 11 maps of this location


B&W Photos

HB1109267
Aerial View,east (principal) Elevation

HB1109268
Ground Level View,east Elevation Showing Most Of Pool

HB1109269
Ground Level View,east Elevation,closer Than Tx-3226-2

HB1109270
Main Entrance,east Elevation

HB1109271
Cornerstone,east Elevation

HB1109272
Interior,main Lobby

HB1109273
Interior,main Lobby,ceiling Relief Sculpture

HB1109274
Interior,medallion In Center Of Main Lobby Floor

HB1109275
Interior,elevator Lobby,first Floor

HB1109276
Interior,main Staircase

HB1109277
Interior,doorknob And Plate Used Throughout Building

HB1109278
Interior,2nd Floor Lobby In Front Of City Council Chamber

HB1109279
Interior,city Council Chamber Looking Towards Front Of Room

HB1109280
Interior,city Council Chamber,front Of Room Looking Towards Rear

HB1109281
Interior,third Floor,mayor's Reception Area

HB1109282
Interior,mayor's Office


Data Pages


Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


Location
901 Bagby Street, Houston, TX

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS TX-3226
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-150).
Building/structure dates: 1939 initial construction
Significance: Houston's 1939 City Hall, fifth in the City's history, represents a number of architectural trends influential during the 1920s and 1930s in the United States -- most notably the Stripped-Classical Moderne style, setback skyscraper massing and abstractly stylized architectural ornament. Architect Joseph Finger was one of Houston's first and best designers in the Moderne manner, and in this building he achieved an appropriately monumental structure, intended as a symbol of Houston's stable yet progressive outlook. The siting of the building and its relationship to Hermann Square represent important city planning and landscape decisions. The urban space which resulted, a combination of park, pool and plaza, has continually served as a public meeting place for social, political and cultural activities in downtown Houston. For over forty years this building has served as the seat of Houston's municipal government.

Related Names
Finger, Joseph
Holcombe, Oscar F.
Coe, Herring
Jasset, Raoul
MacMorris, Donald
Liebsle, Roy


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Aerial view,east (principal) elevation
2. Ground level view,east elevation showing most of pool
3. Ground level view,east elevation,closer than TX-3226-2
4. Main entrance,east elevation
5. Cornerstone,east elevation
6. Interior,main lobby
7. Interior,main lobby,ceiling relief sculpture
8. Interior,medallion in center of main lobby floor
9. Interior,elevator lobby,first floor
10. Interior,main staircase
11. Interior,doorknob and plate used throughout building
12. Interior,2nd floor lobby in front of city council chamber
13. Interior,city council chamber looking towards front of room
14. Interior,city council chamber,front of room looking towards rear
15. Interior,third floor,mayor's reception area
16. Interior,mayor's office


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