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Monday
Dec022013

Before & After - Manhattan Municipal Building

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Built after the unification of New York City, the Manhattan Municipal Building helped address the growing need for office space for city services. Throughout the building you can see symbolism to represent the five boroughs, most notably its five cupolas. Despite many imitators it's still one of the largest government buildings in the world still serving its original purpose.

Photo source: Tom Riggle, Flickr

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