Wednesday, February 22, 2006
A Beautiful French Connection
The inspiration for our City Hall is the Hotel De Ville in Paris (shown above).
The second image is a historic postcard view of St. Louis City Hall. Back in the 1960s, many considered the building obsolete, and it was nearly demolished in favor of a modern civic center complex. Fortunately that never happened. But the building needs some costly repairs.
On the outside, it carries blemishes from failed attempts to remove discoloration caused by years of coal soot accumulation on the limestone exterior. Thanks to the St. Louis chapter of the AIA, there is a private effort to raise funds to rehabilitate the exterior of the building. But private fundraising is a slow business, and the dollar goal is substantial.
If presented to voters, would you support a bond measure to finance the cost to rehabilitate the historic building?