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San Jose City Hall, San Jose

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San José City Hall is the seat of the municipal government of San Jose, California. Located in Downtown San Jose, it was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier in a Postmodern style. It consists of an 18-story tower, an iconic glass rotunda, and a city council chamber wing, laid out within a two-block-long public square known as San José Civic Plaza. The tower rises 285 feet (87 m) above the plaza, making it the second tallest building in San Jose.

San Jose has had six seats of government in its history. City officials met in Downtown San Jose from before the city's incorporation in 1850 until the 1950s, when a modern City Hall was built at Civic Center to the north. The current City Hall's construction capped a period of rapid growth for the city during the dot-com bubble. Its opening in 2005 marked the municipal government's return downtown after half a century in an office park setting.
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  • We are happy that the San Jose City is architecturally beautiful. There is a nice plaza, the dome building, and more. There is new construction happening close by.  more »
  • Took my first trip down to City Hall to meet with some folks about a neighborhood issue that I am working on. Very easy to find. Underground parking on 6th Street was a very easy "in and out". I...  more »
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  • Self-service here. Location, Food, Prices, Parking, Ambience all are super exciting. City Hall, area and establishment. The buildings are mountain high and specious. Great architectural piece in Downtown Silicon Valley. Awesome view, space for a walk.
  • Great architectural piece in Downtown Silicon Valley with paid parking and lovely architectural landscape and building. Awesome views, space for a nice walk. 4th street pizza is round the corner and if you are pizza lover this place is a must try.

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