This replaced the old City Hall in the early sixties – as if you couldn’t tell. The Civic Center auditorium on the left; the low International-Style City Hall on the right. (The library, built a few years later, is off to the right, out of sight.) Growing up, I had no idea how modern this was. From early 20th century German architects to the middle of the North American continent: modernism was a potent idea. Or else it just had good publicists.