City Hall and Dogwood – An original oil painting by Janet Francoeur. Prints are also available of this painting at $54 and it is in my 2020 calendar.. Contact me for info on that. Spring in New Bern is like an explosion of color! Dogwood, wisteria, azalea, you name it, it’s in bloom. I’m lucky that I can look out my window and see this view. The lights on the city hall clock are a beacon in the night. It’s all very magical.
The current City Hall was constructed in the 1890s, and was completed by 1897. The structure was originally built for federal offices and purposes, and was used as a Federal Courthouse, a local Customs Office, and a Post Office. City Hall came under city ownership roughly 40 years after it was built, and has continued to serve the city of New Bern ever since. The Romanesque Revival building is the only one of its kind in the New Bern area, and the four-face clock was added after the initial design was proposed. Today, visitors walking through downtown New Bern can still hear the clock chimes, which ring every hour on the hour. A unique sight for visitors, the impressive City hall is a cool stop along any downtown exploration, and a unique addition to our charming community’s historic atmosphere.