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Old City Hall

Old City Hall, as pictured today.
Source: Ebyabe, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Old City Hall sits at the corner of Newcastle and Mansfield Street, and has seen the test of time. Alfred Eichburg, out of Savannah, designed the building, which took three years to build with a total cost of $33,000. The building began construction in 1886 and was completed in 1889, and a clock/bell tower was added in 1893. The architectural style of the building is “Richardsonian Romanesque”, and has Queen Anne parallels. The clock tower and side entries are lined with elaborate terracotta friezes, and the corner columns house gargoyles. The floors are a mix of heart-pine and marble, and original fireplaces and gaslit fixtures adorn the building. The exterior of the building is granite and brick.

A postcard that displays Old City Hall, circa 1938.
Source: Digital Commonwealth

A postcard that displays Old City Hall, date unknown.
Source: Digital Commonwealth

The building was fully restored by taxpayer money in 2004, and reopened that year. Currently, Old City Hall doubles as an extra courtroom for the county, as well as a private venue space.

Interior Image of the building’s upper level, featuring heart-pine flooring
A view of the intricate cast-iron work on the stairs leading to the second floor.
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