Tower Tour — pat morss

Yesterday our “historian” neighbor, Maggie Rosa, gave a few of us a climbing tour up the tower of Gloucester’s City Hall. The building was dedicated in 1871, following a fire that destroyed the previous structure which was only two years old. Our present City Hall was designed by Gridley J F Bryant, who also designed Boston’s Old City Hall. Maggie wants the public to know there will be tours of the tower on Saturday, September 24 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm as part of Trails and Sails (Essex National Heritage Area). Here’s an appetizer:

City Hall tower exterior, Dale Avenue, Gloucester
Climbing from the Auditorium balcony to the attic level…
…and into the tower and up…
…to the observation level – here, the harbor view
Schooner Ardelle, sailing between Ocean Alliance (the old Paint Factory) and Cape Pond Ice
Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library
Climbing higher to the open-air bell level
Looking toward Magnolia. Netting to keep the pigeons out (and the people in)
View north to Central Grammar Appartments, the US Post Office, and St Ann’s Church beyond
And finally, the clock level’s original mechanism (now individual clock face motors operate the hands)

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