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I'm just blown-away that the clock portion isn't stone (sounds like it's cast-iron?). Does anyone know what color it was historically? All the old photos/postcards I'm finding seem to indicate that it was darker.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/9461?size=_original (larger)

The structure from the clock up is metal. I believe that it is mainly iron. That's certainly true of the supporting structure, but I'm guessing that some of the cladding might be copper? Growing up, it had a greenish patina, IIRC. The "ice cream cone" contrast was jarring to those who never saw its original state. It had gotten so dirty all over by my childhood that it looked all of a piece.
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The structure from the clock up is metal. I believe that it is mainly iron. That's certainly true of the supporting structure, but I'm guessing that some of the cladding might be copper? Growing up, it had a greenish patina, IIRC. The "ice cream cone" contrast was jarring to those who never saw its original state. It had gotten so dirty all over by my childhood that it looked all of a piece.
So it had a similar color to the Memorial Hall dome? I think I'd prefer that; probably would look more natural. Anyway, thanks for the background!
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Older color pictures of City Hall aren't that easily found. My memories in the 70s and 80s was that the building was dirty more than any sense that the iron tower was colored differently. Here's some pictures from Naked Philly:

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-phill...filthier-times
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I'm just blown-away that the clock portion isn't stone (sounds like it's cast-iron?). Does anyone know what color it was historically? All the old photos/postcards I'm finding seem to indicate that it was darker.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/9461?size=_original (larger)

I'm feeling old in as much as I still my "Free Billy" tee shirt. The tower was wrapped in scaffolding like forever, maybe back in the 90's. The problems were money and knowledge; during the restoration 'they' had to write the book. I'm pretty sure the metal is mostly cast iron. Parts of it had to be replaced during the restoration. The story goes, either A. stone would have cost too much hence the iron, or B. stone would have weighted too much, hence the iron, but I'm not that old that I know from being there! But based on the concept that the tower was designed to be all stone, the idea was the first layers of paint tried to match the color of the stone. I remember when I first moved to Philly in the mid 70's the metal section was dark and the tower had rust running down it in many spots. And yes I very clearly remember the engineers running the job decided on a epoxy style paint, the manufacture had 3 stock colors and grey was picked. Later the Inky did an article where they tracked down the manufacture, who claimed he had no idea what the paint was going to be used for, and also claimed that for such an national significant job they would have been thrilled to make a special color. The enclosed link says otherwise.
http://www.tnemec.com/project/view/?j=337

To give you some idea how important and huge our City Hall is: (the bestest building in the City!)
https://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/25/a...gn/25hall.html
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Later the Inky did an article where they tracked down the manufacture, who claimed he had no idea what the paint was going to be used for, and also claimed that for such an national significant job they would have been thrilled to make a special color. The enclosed link says otherwise.
http://www.tnemec.com/project/view/?j=337
How does that link say otherwise?
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