In many cities, particularly ones with rich histories, public buildings are the most striking. These buildings may be the city hall, or a historic courthouse, or even an old school. These were among the first structures built as the city was growing and they demonstrate a sense of permanence. With columns, arches, dramatic pavilions, and other striking touches, they were meant to show that the city had truly arrived, that it belonged, and that it wasnâ€™t going anywhere. They were built of pride and justifiable boosterism. Unfortunately, they were also built a long time ago.