New York: New York Sun, nd c. 1915. First edition. Lithograph Print. 12" x 13.25", color lithograph of City Hall Park from above; has been folded in the past. Very Good. Item #20203
City Hall Park is a public park surrounding New York City Hall in the Civic Center of Manhattan. It was the town commons of the nascent city of New York. The Second Empire style building that housed the post office and courthouse was built between 1869 and 1880, and was not well received. The cramped trapezoidal site required the post office's loading docks to be on the side facing City Hall and the park, and by 1912, the building was declared unsatisfactory for the Postal Service and the Federal Courts by the New York Times. This lithograph suggested what the park could look like if the building were razed, but the conversation about the site continued for several more decades until it was demolished in 1939. This lovely print deserves to be framed and enjoyed.