Thursday, April 5, 2012

Athens City Hall - Athens, Georgia

As a surviving structure from the Antebellum era, the City Hall's construction began in 1845 when enough funds had been made to build this charming city center.  Standing on Lexington granite and built with oolitic limestone bricks, the same type as what the Empire State building and the Pentagon, and topped with the copper clock tower reaching a height of 99 feet, the hall watches over the city surrounding her from her hilltop.

For almost a hundred years, the clock was manually operated and someone would have to make the climb up five flights of stairs to wind the clocks.  Atop the copper copula is an eagle with the wing span of about eight feet, intended to be used as a wind vane but due to it's heavy weight it is now just an ornament adorning this classic building.

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