City of Orlando - City Hall
Orlando City Hall is the headquarters of the City of Orlando government. Located in downtown Orlando, city hall is a 9 floor building that was completed in 1992. The previous city hall building was blown up in the opening scene of the movie Lethal Weapon 3, the space then became a plaza for the new City Hall. City Halls are used as the base of the city and houses the city council, its associated departments and their employees. City Halls serve as a critical role in hosting municipal offices and services. They are almost important as a visual legacy for the city they represent. The City Beautiful's city hall is just as beautiful, the exterior depicts various elements of Central Florida’s natural landscape including fish and coral , orange groves, and indigenous birds. The architecture of the building itself shows historical significance of the city of Orlando.
Backstory and Context
Orlando's City Hall is a very significant and iconic part of the city. Built in 1991, at 9 stories and 200,000 square feet, the building is home to the city's government. The building is open for the city staff, elected officials, residents, and visitors. City hall provides a rotating collection of free public art and is considered a unique home for public art. City Hall provides much historical significance, as it is the base of the city. Architecture is a structure that serves as a device of communication. Orlando is the third largest metropolitan area in Florida and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States. There have been about 4 different City Hall's for the city of Orlando, each more meaningful than the last. There are many displays in City Hall, each depicting a significance to American history.
Orlando City Hall. (n.d). City Hall Brochure. Retrieved from http://www.cityoforlando.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CityHallBrochurePrint.pdf
- The City Hall brochure print is a secondary source that provides information regarding Orlando’s City Hall. Beginning by describing the exterior features of the building, showing different parts of Central Florida’s natural landscape, the location, and the significant features that surround the hall. The brochure goes on to describe how there are two galleries of free, public art, showing the support and a home for the public art. On display as shown by the brochure, are a series of flags representing the countries of Orlando’s nine sister cities. There is also a segment introducing the history of Orlando and its City Hall. City hall according to the brochure had many locations prior to the current one, and by 1991 it was imploded for a movie “Lethal Weapon 3” and the new City Hall emerged.
Mitchell., S.R.M. (1989). AN OLD HAND MAY GET CITY HALL JOB. The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved from
- The source provides information about the development of a new City Hall in 1989; the new one was fully constructed in 1992. Mitchell explains how the city council is going to accept a developer for the new city hall project. The article discusses how the old City Hall has been outgrown. This primary source categorized as an article provides useful information to find how significant city hall was to the history of Orlando. The article is very useful in knowing what was occurring before the City Hall that is up today was built.