New York City Hall (Manhattan)
New York City Hall is the seat of New York City government, located in the middle of City Hall Park in the Civic Center area of Lower Manhattan. The building is the oldest functioning city hall in the United States that, housing the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council. After a few versions of City Hall were built and torn down in different ares on the island, in 1802 the City held a competition for a new one. The first prize was won by Joseph-François Margin, the architect of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mulberry, and John McComb Jr., who designed Castle Clinton in Battery Park.
The building is full of history. The Governor’s Room hosted President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861, and his coffin housed there in 1865 after his assassination. Additionally, the tombs of Civil War legends General Ulysses S. Grant and Colonel Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth were kept there for a short period. The Governor’s Room is also used for official receptions, and as a museum of sort for 19th century American portraiture and artifacts, for example, George Washington’s desk. New York City Hall features 108 paintings from the late 18th century through the 20th, that have recently gone through restoration in 2006.