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1890–1900, Charles M. Robinson, with Walter R. Myton, project architect. Main St. at Market St.

The City Hall, a monumental Richardsonian Romanesque building, was designed to anchor the center of Johnstown when it resurrected after the flood of 1889. The building's rectangular two-story mass is capped by a dormered and hipped roof, and a central clock tower. An octagonal tower stands at the building's northwest corner. Plaques at the corner of Main and Market streets show the levels that water reached during the disastrous floods of Johnstown's history.

Charles Morrison Robinson (1867–1932) had a career that spanned thirty-eight years and took him from Altoona, to Pittsburgh (1901–1908), to Richmond, Virginia, where he designed several hundred school buildings and became the staff architect for several colleges, including William and Mary. Walter R. Myton (1872–1929), a talented and prolific architect who studied at Cornell, practiced first in his hometown of Huntingdon and then in Pittsburgh before arriving in Johnstown in 1900, where he remained until his death.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "City Hall", [Johnstown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-CA12.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 310-311.

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