- Built in the 1890s, this building has served as City Hall since Portland's beginning. And thanks to renovation efforts, it always will be City Hall. The building was restored to its original state—from the dilapidated condition that threatened demolition—and reopened in 1998. Among interesting finds from the project were copper-plated stairways, two glass atriums that allow natural light to cascade into the building and concrete footings for a previous City Hall that was never completed. The whole building is like a big time capsule.
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