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Mystery Project 3: Little City Hall Identity Concepts

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From 1968 to 1970, Boston operated 18-24 "Little City Halls" — outposts of City Hall stationed in Boston neighborhoods, offering limited services on-site to local citizens. Mayor Kevin White had campaigned on the program, intending to make city government more accessible to its citizens and more receptive to citizen concerns. A fair amount has been written about the Little City Halls program, including a 1973 book reflecting on its impact. Interestingly, Boston brought back the concept of localized City Hall outposts in 2016, with its City Hall To Go outposts and mobile truck.

This collection of 52 images appears to capture conceptual visual design work by Michael's firm. It's unknown whether this project was produced on spec (common practice for the firm), or whether it was commissioned, either by the City of Boston, Mayor White's office (Michael worked on multiple projects for Mayor White), or as a subcontractor with another firm. We don't believe the work was ever implemented, although can find no evidence either way. Until we can identify the terms under which the material was produced, we're considering this another Mystery Project.

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Box-16-Row-02-n001
Architectural model of a two-dimensional city building facade with a three dimensional printed sign hanging perpendicular to the facade above the illustrated building entrance. The sign reads "Little City Hall" in white letters against a red…

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Architectural model of a two-dimensional city building facade with a three dimensional printed sign hanging perpendicular to the facade above the illustrated building entrance. The sign reads "Little City Hall" in black, with an illustration of a…

Box-16-Row-02-n003
Architectural model of a two-dimensional city building facade with a three dimensional printed blue sign hanging perpendicular to the facade above the illustrated building entrance. The sign reads "South End Little City Hall" in white letters. A blue…

Box-16-Row-02-n004
Architectural model of a two-dimensional city building facade with a three dimensional printed sign hanging perpendicular to the facade above the illustrated building entrance. The sign reads "Little City Hall" in black, with an illustration of a…

Box-16-Row-02-n005
Architectural model of a two-dimensional city building facade with a three dimensional printed blue sign hanging perpendicular to the facade above the illustrated building entrance. The sign reads "South End Little City Hall" in white letters. A blue…

Box-16-Row-02-n006
Architectural model of a two-dimensional city building facade with a three dimensional printed sign hanging perpendicular to the facade above the illustrated building entrance. The sign reads "Little City Hall" in black, with an illustration of a…

Box-16-Row-02-n007
Illustration in black marker of a city block with several building facades. A large white sign hangs horizontally above one of the building entrances, featuring several faces and the words "Little City Hall."

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Illustration in black marker of a city block with several building facades. A large white sign hangs vertically above one of the building entrances, reading "Dorchester Little City Hall."

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Illustration in black marker of a close-up view of a building entrance. On one side of the entrance, the facade is white with several faces taking up the entire facade. On the other side of the entrance, the facade is white and features the words…

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Illustration of a storefront featuring large glass display windows. A cartoonishly large piece of red tape runs along the bottom edge of the windows, curling at the ends, and featuring the words "Little City Hall."

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