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Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Upper rows of the seating in Common Council Chambers. Each seat has a hat rack on the underside.
About the pillars with their various heads and virtues, here’s what the City’s web site says:

The pillars that surround the Common Council Chamber represent the virtues that a member should maintain. Fidelity, Prudence, and Faithfulness are examples, but one that you won’t find is Honesty. Originally these pillars were to hold busts of famous Buffalonians, but unfortunately the Council could not decide who was to be included. The architects suggested that the pillars be used to display the virtues of Councilmen and the Council agreed.
On September 6, 1931, [Architect John] Wade was asked why Honesty, Efficiency and Economy were missing. He replied “If the members of the city government who will occupy the new structure live up to the qualifications inscribed on the panels, the public need not worry about the city having efficiency, honesty, or economy in Public service.”

Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Upper rows of the seating in Common Council Chambers. Each seat has a hat rack on the underside.

About the pillars with their various heads and virtues, here’s what the City’s web site says:

The pillars that surround the Common Council Chamber represent the virtues that a member should maintain. Fidelity, Prudence, and Faithfulness are examples, but one that you won’t find is Honesty. Originally these pillars were to hold busts of famous Buffalonians, but unfortunately the Council could not decide who was to be included. The architects suggested that the pillars be used to display the virtues of Councilmen and the Council agreed.

On September 6, 1931, [Architect John] Wade was asked why Honesty, Efficiency and Economy were missing. He replied “If the members of the city government who will occupy the new structure live up to the qualifications inscribed on the panels, the public need not worry about the city having efficiency, honesty, or economy in Public service.”

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