Construction on Old City Hall began in 1886 from an architectural design by Alfred Eichberg, and was completed in 1889, with the installation of the clock/bell tower in 1893. The architectural style is “Richardsonian Romanesque”, with Queen Anne parallels. Massive in stature, with the unusual addition of Italianate brackets, Romanesque architecture was the style of choice for the majority of public buildings built in the United States during this period. Elaborate terra cotta friezes decorate our Old City Hall clock tower and side entries, while the corner columns adorned with gargoyles gaze welcomingly at you and your guests.
City Hall is available to rent for weddings and other special events. Call for information on renting.
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Located on the East River in Historic Downtown Brunswick is Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The park features The Liberty Ship Memorial Plaza, where you can view a scale model of a Liberty Ship, similar to those built in Brunswick shipyards during World War II. Other attractions include an outdoor musical playscape, staged pavilion and farmers market. A lovely spot to watch the sun set or to see huge oceangoing ships from around the world and picturesque shrimp boats.
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tues, Thurs, Sat
As you look south to the foot of Newcastle Street, you will see the Sidney Lanier Bridge, Georgia’s tallest cable-stayed suspension bridge, which provides easy access to the Golden Isles from Interstate 95 (Exit 29). This beautiful structure is 7,780 feet long and 486 feet tall. It contains 95,283 cubic yards of concrete and 14,810,095 pounds of reinforcing steel. The current bridge was built as a replacement to the original lift bridge which was struck by ships twice.
Each year in February, there is the annual 5k Bridge Run, sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System, when the south side of the bridge is closed to traffic and people register to run (or walk) the bridge.
The bridge was named for Georgian poet Sidney Lanier who wrote the poem Marshes of Glynn, about the beautiful marshes that surround the area.
Downtown Brunswick is an exciting, inviting destination for residents as well as visitors. Included in the Old Town National Historic District, downtown Brunswick features a rich diversity of architectural styles of both homes and commercial buildings, dating back to the 19th century Victorian era.