Historic Detroit

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Old City Hall - Old photos

The Hotel Pontchartrain, from left, the Hammond Building (with flag), Old City Hall and the Dime Building overlooking Campus Martius

Old City Hall, from left, the Majestic Building and the old Detroit Opera House overlooking Campus Martius

Old City Hall with the Penobscot Building towering in the background

A hallway in Old City Hall

The council chambers in Old City Hall

The maiden of Art, one of four allegorical statues by Julius Melchers that stood atop Old City Hall. They are now at Historic Fort Wayne.

The maiden of Industry, one of four allegorical statues by Julius Melchers that stood atop Old City Hall. They are now at Historic Fort Wayne.

The maiden of Commerce, one of four allegorical statues by Julius Melchers that stood atop Old City Hall. They are now at Historic Fort Wayne.

The mayor's office

The Common Council chambers

The clockworks, which were saved and are now housed at Ft. Wayne.

An old photo of Old City Hall

Old City Hall, the Pontchartrain Hotel (at far left) and Campus Martius sometime before 1920.

The cupola and the Maidens of Virtue

Old City Hall was the center of life in Detroit for nearly 100 years.

Old City Hall

City Hall sits in the middle of this 1930s shot.

Old City Hall and the Majestic Building, looking north up Woodward

Old City Hall in 1961, shortly before demolition

The roof of Old City Hall looking toward Cadillac Square in 1961.

Old City Hall with funeral bunting for Gov. Frank Fitzgerald in 1939.

The cupola and flag on Old City Hall in 1961.

The city's unemployed line up at Old City Hall in 1930.

The Dime Building rises behind Old City Hall about 1912

Old City Hall, with the Majestic Building at right, during a parade