Hayward City Hall

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Hayward City Hall
Hayward City Hall number 3 front.jpg
Hayward City Hall
General information
Status City Hall
Location 777 B Street/Watkins St.
Coordinates 37°40′16″N 122°05′08″W / 37.67112°N 122.08557°W / 37.67112; -122.08557Coordinates: 37°40′16″N 122°05′08″W / 37.67112°N 122.08557°W / 37.67112; -122.08557
Construction started 1996
Completed 1998
Opening January 10, 1998[1]
Owner City Of Hayward
Technical details
Floor count 4[1]
Design and construction
Architect Heller Manus Architects
Developer Sarfi Regis Group[2]

Hayward City Hall is the third and current Hayward city hall building, located in downtown Hayward, California, United States. next to the Hayward BART Station. The city hall opened in January 1998,[1] replacing the abandoned City Center Building, which served as Hayward's city hall for 29 years from 1969 to 1998. Hayward's first city hall, which is also closed to the public, is now in the Alex Giualini Plaza, three blocks away.

Earthquake preparedness[edit]

Since the building is located close to the Hayward Fault, it was designed to withstand a major earthquake.[3] The inability of the Hayward City Center building to withstand a major earthquake, shown by damage to it from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, was the main motivation for the new city hall's construction.

plaque commemorating the time capsule at City Hall


The interior of the building contains a time capsule, to be opened on January 10, 2048, on the 50th anniversary of the building's dedication.


The park and plaza facing the city hall is host to various city sponsored events, including a weekly farmer's market, and in July, the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival.[4][5] The city hall contains an art gallery run by the Hayward Arts Council. in 2011, the gallery hosted a major exhibition of the work of Corita Kent.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c [1] Archived September 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Dedication plaque, Hayward City Hall, January 10, 1998
  3. ^ [2] Archived September 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Paula Stewart. "Hayward Russell City Blues Festival 2014". Bayareabluessociety.net. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Pioneers to participate in Downtown Hayward Street Parties". 0.csueastbay.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Hayward City Hall Arts". Haywardarts.org. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Work of pop art icon Corita Kent coming to Hayward, Castro Valley galleries". Inside Bay Area. Retrieved 2015-11-23.