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Council Chambers Advisory Committee Named

Annapolis, MD (5-31-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen, along with Ward Three Alderwoman Classie Hoyle and Reverend Johnny Calhoun, announced the members of an Advisory Committee who will provide input and recommendations to City staff on the rehabilitation design of City Hall’s historic Council Chambers and lobby.


The Advisory Committee Members include:

  • Alderwoman. Classie Hoyle,
  • Co-Chair Reverend Johnny Calhoun, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Eleanor Harris
  • Catherine Masek
  • Jean Russo
 "City Hall is the People's Hall, the civic gathering space where laws are made and where citizens petition their government," Mayor Cohen said.  "And it is more than Annapolis' treasure; it is a national historic treasure that once hosted George Washington before he resigned his Commission.  We are the temporary stewards of this unique piece of history, and its sad state of disrepair is unacceptable.  It is time for us to take care of this treasure that has served our community so well and for so long." 

During the rehabilitation project, the five-member Advisory Committee will provide guidance on how to appropriately honor the legacy of Mayor John T. Chambers and educate the public about his legacy. 

“I am so pleased to be involved in this project that not only honors former Mayor John Chambers but also highlights the historic value of each space,” Ward Three Alderwoman Classie Hoyle said. “It is appropriate that we are beginning our discussion of this project during National Preservation Month, when all of America celebrates the historic treasures within their communities.”  

The committee will remain involved in subsequent design reviews providing input and recommendations to ensure the Chambers provide a venue for ceremonial events while continuing to support its primary purpose of hosting public City Council and Boards and Commission meetings.

The final design proposal is expected to be submitted in October.

The project is part of the Capital Improvement Projects in the FY 2013 budget and includes complete interior restoration consistent with the 1868 design.  The remaining projects include the installation of new storm windows, roof repairs, the installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of City Hall’s water heaters.