Today we are starting a series on Cleveland City Hall and we begin with the building itself. City Hall opened in 1916 in downtown. The building designed by Cleveland architect J. Milton Dyer and was part of the 1903 Group Plan. The building features Neoclassical elements and a large, beautiful rotunda. The building cost $3 million at the time of construction and took almost five years to complete.
There have been renovations to the inside throughout the years but the outside remains mostly unchanged since it opened in 1916. The rotunda is used today from rallies, galas and weddings. When Louis Stokes passed in 2015, his body lay in state there. It is also home to the Spirit of 76 painting and Cleveland’s Hall of Fame (more about those later).
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