Boston City Hall

Congress Street @ Government Center

In the 19th century, Boston City Hall represented the unfulfilled hopes of Irish immigrants seeking equality and opportunity. Their wish was ful-filled, when Hugh O'Brien, born in County Cork, became Boston's first Irishmayor (1885-88). O'Brien was followed by Patrick Collins, also of Cork (1902-05). In the 20th century Irish-American politicians held the mayor's seat for 85 out of 100 years; and continuously from 1930 to 1993.

In 2002, John McCormack's sculpture of Mayor John F. Collins (1960-68) was unveiled on City Hall's south wall.

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