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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."

Box-16-Row-02-n008
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."

Box-16-Row-02-n009
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…

Box-16-Row-02-n010
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."

Box-16-Row-02-n011
Architectural model of Little City Hall design concept. The cardboard model is of a rectangular building. Along the entire length of the side facing the camera are hung approximately two dozen vertical white panels. Spanning the panels in bright red…

Box-16-Row-02-n012
Architectural drawing of a building facade featuring a white sign reading "Allston Little City Hall" in bold letters.

Box-16-Row-02-n013
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…

Box-16-Row-02-n014
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 "Dorchester Little City Hall."

Box-16-Row-02-n015
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…

Box-16-Row-02-n016
A model-sized three-dimensional sculpture. The sculpture is blue and is a hollow square column. Each side of the column features a cut-out of a person's face in profile. The effect is such that when viewing one side of the sculpture, the front panel…

Box-16-Row-02-n017
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."

Box-16-Row-02-n018
Illustration in black marker of a building facade with a car parked in front. One side of the building reads "Allston Little City Hall."

Box-16-Row-02-n019
A blue rectangular sculpture sits in front of a two-dimensional artist's rendering of a building facade in black ink. The sculpture features two cut-outs of faces in profile looking at each other.

Box-16-Row-02-n020
Cardboard architectural model of a rectangular building. Along the entire length of the side facing the camera are hung approximately two dozen vertical white panels. Spanning the panels in bright red is the word "Allston."

Box-16-Row-02-n021
Cardboard architectural model of a rectangular building. Along the entire length of the side facing the camera are hung approximately two dozen vertical white panels. Spanning the panels are high-contrast images of people's faces in black and white.

Box-16-Row-02-n022
Cardboard architectural model of a rectangular building. Along the entire length of the side facing the camera are hung approximately two dozen vertical white panels. Spanning the panels are high-contrast images of people's faces in black and white.

Box-16-Row-02-n023
Cardboard architectural model of a rectangular building. Along the entire length of the side facing the camera are hung approximately two dozen vertical white panels hung perpendicularly to the facade. On one side of the panels span high-contrast…

Box-16-Row-02-n024
Cardboard architectural model of a rectangular building. Along the entire length of the side facing the camera are hung approximately two dozen vertical white panels hung perpendicularly to the facade. On one side of the panels span high-contrast…

Box-16-Row-02-n025
Cardboard architectural model of a rectangular building. Along the entire length of the side facing the camera are hung approximately two dozen vertical white panels hung perpendicularly to the facade. On one side of the panels span high-contrast…

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