City Hall
© Leslie R. Nitkiewicz

Gloucester’s magnificent City Hall building, built in 1871, is the crowning jewel
of the city’s downtown and one of the oldest municipal buildings still in full service
in Massachusetts.

Its beautifully preserved interior contains a striking set of 1930’s murals by local artists funded by the Roosevelt Administration’s depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA). Memorials to veterans and seamen are
also on display.

City Hall also houses one of the most complete municipal archives in the country, with records dating back to 1642.
  • Winter WPA Murals - Meticulous Photo Studies

    © Cape Ann Museum of Art, Gloucester, MA; Charles Allan Winter staged study and documentation photographs as part of his working process—choosing and posing models; selecting props, and orchestrating every detail. Compare these alongside the WPA murals

  • Harbor Motif and Details

    © Fr. Green exterior (weathervane)