-City Hall built in Doyle administration-



Mayor Doyle, whose portrait hangs on the 3rd floor, was in office during the planning and design of City Hall, and helped bring about its construction at a cost of about $1 million. Doyle was a dynamic mayor who initiated a number of reforms and established a wide range of programs and projects during his tenure. Until Doyle's longevity in office was eclipsed by Mayor Cianci in 1999, he was the longest serving mayor in the city's history. City Hall remains Doyle's most visible legacy.

In the early days of City Hall, the Common Council Chambers, council committee rooms, Board of Aldermen Chambers, Municipal Court, City Clerk, and the City Solicitor were all housed on the third floor.

The City Council Chamber, one of the largest and most ornate rooms in City Hall, remains the principal venue for public municipal meetings, hearings of the City Council and annual addresses by the Mayor, including the State of the City and Budget Addresses.

Two-thirds of the chamber is railed off for exclusive use by the Councilmen and their aides. The other third of the room provides seating for up to 150 spectators. The interior remains true to its original 1878 appearance, and features highly stylized neo-greco stenciling along the walls. The handsome tile floor has been exposed and restored. Original furniture including the councillors' desks and spectator benches remain intact.