Annapolis' City Hall took its first steps towards a 1930s makeover as the City Hall Restoration Committee painted a section of chamber wall with new colors.
The grey and cream color scheme came from Catherine Masek, a historic preservation consultant, who carved into City Hall's walls and took more than 19 plaster samples to determine what paint colors were used during the 1930s—the era chosen as a guideline for renovations.
The color above the chair rail is called monarch gold and below the rail is millstone gray. The baseboards are painted black and the trim is an off-white.
The committee, led by the Rev. Johnny Calhoun and Alderwoman Classie Hoyle (D-3rd Ward), decided to paint a section of wall for evaluation at . They felt it would allow them to evaluate the colors better before committing to painting the whole room.
They also hoped it would generate commentary from the public on the color choices, and the idea of a comment box being placed in front of the wall swatches was tossed around. Patch couldn't find a comment box when it visited City Hall to see the new colors.
The committee also is looking at removing the chamber's artwork, adding additional microphones, refinishing the floors and adding wayfinding signs. You can read all about the committee's plans for City Hall by .
The committee will present a formal proposal for renovations to council chambers and the lobby area at a City Council work session scheduled for Sept. 20.
What do you think of the new colors?