Camden City Hall

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Camden City Hall
Camden City Hall NJ.JPG
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassicism
Location520 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Coordinates39°56′41″N 75°7′12″W / 39.94472°N 75.12000°W / 39.94472; -75.12000
Construction started1929
Height371 ft (113 m)
Technical details
Floor count18
Design and construction
ArchitectEdwards and Green

Camden City Hall is the house of government for the City of Camden and Camden County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. At 371 feet (113 m), it is the tallest building in Camden and the tallest building within the Philadelphia metropolitan area outside of Philadelphia.


The city hall was designed by Byron Edwards and Alfred Green, architectural partners who moved from Philadelphia to Camden in 1928,[1] and its materials were supplied by the Otis Elevator Company. The building features a slender tower rising from a massive base, and its facade is composed of light gray granite. At the top of the tower is a large clock, consistent with a Camden tradition of city hall clocks begun in 1876.[2][3]

Old City Hall[edit]

Camden's first city hall was built in 1876 at the corner of Benson Street and Haddon Avenue, where present day Cooper University Hospital (Kelemen Pavilion at 1 Cooper Plaza) is located.[4] The building featured a clock tower and was demolished in 1930.


The south face of the tower bears the engraving "In a dream I saw a city invincible,"[5] an excerpt from the poem "I Dream'd in a Dream" by Walt Whitman[6] and the current motto of Camden. The front of the building has the phrase "No Legacy is so Rich as Honesty",[5] a line from All's Well that Ends Well by William Shakespeare.[7] The front also bears the inscription "Where There is no Vision the People Perish",[5] a quote from Proverbs 29:18 of the King James Bible.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Alcalde". 96 (1). Emmis Communications. 2007. ISSN 1535-993X. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Camden City Hall, Camden". SkyscraperPage. 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Camden City Hall, Camden". Emporis. 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Camden People - Enoch Allen Ward".
  5. ^ a b c Camden City Hall. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  6. ^ I Dream'd in a Dream - Walt Whitman, Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  7. ^ William Shakespeare - No legacy is so rich as honesty, The Quotations Page. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  8. ^ Proverbs 29:18, Retrieved 27 May 2012.

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