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Caucus Room 360 Panoramic

mosaic tiled arch
old age keystone with winter relief
middle age keystone
Ceiling and Chandelier
Birth Keystone
Growth Keystone
Caucus Room
This magnificent room was originally the upper portion of the five and a half story Conversation Hall. The balcony that divided that space would have been where the floor of the Caucus Room is today. The cracks that indicated a structural problem are still visible.

The Caucus room is truly sensational. Like the exterior of the building, you find some of the major characteristics of French Second Empire architecture in this room. The characteristics include symmetry of plan, many pairs of columns, use of classical elements such as arches, swags, and pediments, and the integration of architecture and sculpture.

The sculptor, Alexander Milne Calder, created an allegorical story in this room. Each of the four large archways has a keystone that represents the ages of life from birth to old age. Each keystone is surrounded by spandrels that represent the four seasons of the year. You can easily identify birth and springtime to old age and winter.

The walls use several types of stone including a variety of richly colored granites. In the walls are niches that display portraits of some of the more recent past City Council Presidents.

A huge circular table where the seventeen elected council members gather occupies the center of the room. One leather chair is slightly taller than the others marking the City Council President’s location.

Now the City Council members gather here, prior to their weekly public meeting in the larger Council Chambers across the corridor. In addition to the official once-a-week assemblage of the council members, this glorious room is also used for holding council press conferences, greeting dignitaries, and honoring citizens. The council also shares this room with other city departments and community organizations.

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