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Gloucester City Hall – Brand New

Gloucester City Hall, circa1875 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
I made this print of City Hall from one of my oldest negatives. It was shot from a high vantage point on Middle Street. Dale Avenue is in the lower left, and Pleasant Street is on the right. The Civil War Statue, erected in 1879, now in the front center, is not yet there. Boston architects Gridley J.F. Bryant and Louis P. Rogers designed the building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. One thing I learned while writing this is the four towers on City Hall’s corners are ventilation shafts. Questions for Cape Ann Museum’s Photo Archivist Fred Buck: Can you add to this (shooting location, surrounding buildings, etc.), and do you have anything older?
Printed from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #9157-251 Note: The black objects in the sky are missing parts of the negative.
Fred Bodin
The Infamous Fred Buck Replies-

well, sure. yours is probably a copy neg (5×7 is way too big) of one of several stereograph images of city hall (each side albumen plate 3×4 and joined on a piece of clear glass to print the stereo card) taken by erastus g. rollins about 1872 from the tower of the unitarian church on middle st. to the left of the building is franklin square. on the right is the nice circular drive fronting warren st. cape ann museum has rollins’s original glass negs of these views in their archive (without homie poop all over them) as well as the stereo cards printed by rollins and succeeding owners of the plates. we also have bryant and rogers’ original plans of the building. c’mon down!

fred buck, photoarchivist, cape ann museum.

p.s. don’t think alice m. curtis was taking photos in the 1870s.

Gloucester City Hall Tower Clock Mechanism

City Hall Tower Clock Mechanism, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

In the picture below can you see the four different splines that come off of the clock mechanism?  Those shafts go out to the four sides of the City Hall Clock to turn the hands.    Pretty cool at how simple it all is.

Video from inside this room way up high above the City at 6PM

Gloucester City Hall Tower Clock Mechanism

Gloucester City Hall Tower Clock Mechanism


City Hall Tower

God it’s so sad, and the worst part is that it’s not like you could put repairing and restoring this historic building before educating your children or public safety.

It seems like the old lady is doomed. It has been let go so far that I fear it would take far too much to restore her. It’s not like you could just scrape and repaint, there is serious rot all over.

Sad, so very sad.

City Hall Tower, originally uploaded by captjoe06.