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McLevy Hall

US / Connecticut
Listed By: Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media
Location ID: #006-10048545
The old Bridgeport City Hall is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The building was built in 1854 as both the City Hall and the Fairfield County Courthouse and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 19, 1977. The old city hall was renamed McLevy Hall after Bridgeport mayor, Jasper McLevy in 1966.Locating the Fairfield County Courthouse in Bridgeport was the result of much debate. Fairfield, Connecticut had been the site of the first county seat and courthouse in Fairfield County but by the mid-19th century, not only was the old courthouse insufficient for the county's needs, but the growth of Bridgeport and Norwalk made them more logical choices for county seat and a new courthouse. Bridgeport's offer to pay for the building of a courthouse and jail decided the matter. Bridgeport City Hall was constructed in 1853-54 between State and Bank Streets and cost $75,000. Alexander Jackson Davis designed it in the Greek Revival style to resemble a temple. The building, opened in 1855, had a large ground floor for use as City Hall, two floors for county government and court use and an auditorium, Washington Hall, for public gatherings. In 1886, when Bridgeport City Hall proved insufficient for both the growing needs of city and county, the Fairfield County Courthouse was built nearby. Click here for additional info.

Location Category:

  • GOVERNMENT - [general]
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  • GOVERNMENT - Capitol Buildings
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  • GOVERNMENT - City Halls / Town Halls
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  • GOVERNMENT - Courthouses / Courtrooms
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  • GOVERNMENT - Police Stations

Architecture Style:

  • 1800s / Civil War
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  • Brownstone
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  • Government
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  • Other

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Bridgeport, CT
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Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media
Hartford, CT
Phone: 860.500.2318
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