Hamilton’s Art Deco Municipal Building

The old Municipal Building in Hamilton, Ohio is one of many unappreciated treasures in the city. Built in 1935 as a WPA project to house city government, the building now juggles several roles. It is a museum, a brewery, a business incubator, and home to TV11 — Hamilton’s only television station. It’s one of a few Art Deco buildings in Hamilton. Occupants of the Municipal Building seem slightly bewildered by the building they occupy, and neglect is evident inside and out. Yet, the beauty shines through it all. Follow me as we appreciate the work of architects George Barkman, Frederick Mueller, R. E. Smith, Walter Hair, and countless artists and craftsmen.