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Tweed Courthouse, New York City

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
The Tweed Courthouse (also known as the Old New York County Courthouse) is a historic courthouse building at 52 Chambers Street in the Civic Center, Manhattan, New York City. It was built in the Italianate style with Romanesque Revival interiors. William M. "Boss" Tweed – the corrupt leader of Tammany Hall, a political machine that controlled the New York state and city governments when the courthouse was built – oversaw the building's erection. The Tweed Courthouse served as a judicial building for New York County, a county of New York state coextensive with the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is the second-oldest city government building in the borough, after City Hall.

The structure comprises pavilions to the east and west of a central section, as well as a rear wing to the south. Architect John Kellum and political appointee Thomas Little designed the first portion of the building, which was constructed from 1861 to 1872. Construction was interrupted in 1871 when Kellum died and the corruption involved in the building's construction was exposed to the public. The project was completed by architect Leopold Eidlitz, who added the rear wing and finished the interior between 1877 and 1881.

The media criticized the project as wasteful and gaudy during the courthouse's construction, and for a century after its completion, there were frequent proposals to demolish the building. Several modifications were made after completion, including removal of its front steps. Modern restoration and historic preservation were completed in 2001. The building has since housed the New York City Department of Education's headquarters on its upper floors and schools on its ground level. The Tweed Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark, and its facade and interior are both New York City designated landmarks.

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  • Just stumbled across this massive ornate building. Never went in, don’t know if you can but it’s definitely worth a look if your around.  more »
  • Tweed Courthouse now houses the Board of Education. The building is beautiful. Front grand stair case is on Chambers Street but the back of the building is part of beautiful City Hall Park. Most...  more »
  • A shopping mall is a place where everything is available under one roof. Shopping mall gives us shopping with comfort. On last Sunday I visited a shopping mall with my mother and cousin nearby my home. It is known as Iscon Mall. There were many different sections in the shopping mall. Every section has its crowd of customers. The first section had shops selling house hold things and grocery.Mother shopped enthusiastically for monthly rations.She bought many things like soaps, pulses and spices. My cousin and bought some food items. The second section had cloth shops for children, ladies and gentlemen. We visited some artificial jewellery shops,cosmetic item shops and footwear shops in that section too. The jewellery shops decorated very attractive. My cousin bought a pair of shoes for him. The third section had shops of electronic items like refrigerator, air conditioners and washing machines. Ever we saw some music and video shops. There were some furniture shops too. This section had many shops of stationary too. We visited many sweet and snacks shops and enjoy refreshment there. In Iscon mall, there is a game zone for kids . The game zone was full of kids as it is a vacation time. We enjoyed playing games in a game zone too. The shopping mall was very big but it was clean. To visit a shopping mall was a new and exciting experience for me. Visiting shopping mall is very enjoyable for me. As it provides change from daily repetitive schedule work. We enjoyed a lot by visiting and bought the things of our need from there.
  • You must show ID and where you are going. The building is big and Beautiful. There is no parking.

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