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WITHIN THESE WALLS:
 
City Hall  1893
 
public buildings, the commission organized a design competition for which 23 architects submitted proposals.  Drawings of Greek Revival, Gothic, Romanesque, Classical Revival, and Queen Ann structures were carefully reviewed for their styles and for efficiency in arrangement of offices.  Three architects received awards for their proposals, yet no single design submitted satisfied the commission.  Suggestions from the commissioners were incorporated into revised designs submitted by the winners.  Finally, the commission voted to award the construction of City Hall to the third place winner, the local firm of Merrill and Cutler.  The construction of Memorial Hall was awarded to the Lowell born architect whose design had been awarded first place: Frederick Stickney.

     Amid cries of taxation and extravagance, the commission successfully convinced voters and the City council to appropriate $150,000 and $300,000 respectively for the construction of Memorial Hall and City Hall.  Construction did not begin for several months, however, due to

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