City Hall gleaming floors | DPW steadfast support for Gloucester’s culture

Spectacular City Hall, Gloucester’s cultural landmark and active municipal building, has nearly reached its 150th milestone at 9 Dale Avenue. Rising from the ashes, construction began in 1870 after the Gloucester fire of 1869 consumed its short-lived precursor. Gridley J.F. Bryant & Louis P. Rogers, leading architects at this time, were awarded the commission. Massive disaster response came two years later: the Great Boston Fire wiped out scores of Bryant designed buildings and the firm was awarded a significant percentage of its own rebuilds.

City Hall  was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973… which means the research and preparations leading up to that designation timed with its centennial birthday.Recently the expansive floors in Kyrouz Auditorium were buffed and polished and not for the first time.  150 years! Imagine all the footsteps and the generations of staff and volunteers that have cared for this building and community.

Credit DPW for their professionalism and kindness, and steadfast support for the city’s culture. Note their extra caution for protecting heritage from airborne material: mural and portraits were covered.

Before / After 

 

 

City Hall looks stunning always- BEFORE shots

 

 

during (these two photos shared with me)

 

 

after 

AFTER_looking out from stage after floor care Kyrouz Auditorium_City hall_Gloucester Mass ©c ryan20181017_164535.jpg

2 thoughts on “City Hall gleaming floors | DPW steadfast support for Gloucester’s culture

  1. The floor looks absolutely wonderful, now we need to get new “plastic” tables, round and rectangular. The tables that are there are made of wood and very heavy, (and in terrible shape!!!). Moving them is very difficult for the custodians, and anyone else who uses the auditorium. They will make an awful mess of the beautiful floor if not replaced with new lighter weight, plastic models. Gloria Parsons

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  2. Well said great shine or glow!

    Beautiful and what a shine all the way around the ending says it all (DPW)…Like you said in your well written post lots of life and history have walked these floors and left a part of themselves within here!

    “The National Register of Historic Places in the United States is a register including buildings, sites, structures, districts, and objects. And that is quite a feat! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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