Peoria, IL vs. Kannapolis, NC

Peoria, IL vs. Kannapolis, NC

Over the past two weeks, ELGL members and friends took part in ELGL City Hall Madness, narrowing the field from 64 to this week as we head into the Sweet Sixteen. Vote in the head-to-head match-ups to determine which city hall advances to the Elite Eight. Voting ends at midnight EST on February 17. Follow along and fill out your own bracket as we release the winners from each round.

Winner: Peoria, IL

Word on the Street

  • From Annette Privette Keller
  • My Nominations for Best City Halls is: We love our new City Hall in Kannapolis, NC. We moved into the building in February 2016 and it has been a pleasure to work in. Our citizens and the general public have completely embraced the building. The City of Kannapolis has never had its own City Hall Facility. The new City Hall facility houses: Police, Planning, Community Development, Customer Service, Finance, Administration, Human Resources, Technology, Fire Administration, Legal, General Services, Communications and Parks & Recreation Departments. “We consolidated services to this building from seven different locations. It provides a highly efficient work environment for our employees but, perhaps more importantly, a much easier way for citizens, visitors and outside investors in our community to receive services,” commented City Manager Mike Legg. “I cannot impress upon you enough the major impact this building has had on our employees and officers. To us this building is more than just brick and steel. It is more than just a place to come to work, It is our home. This facility improves our efficiency and help us to better serve and protect the citizens of Kannapolis which has always been our main goal,” stated Police Chief Woody Chavis. The three story building has over 100,000 square feet and is constructed in a classic Georgian architectural style. The brick structure has large windows, columns, a portico and traditional cornice embellishments. The building also has conference/event meeting space. Named The Laureate Center, the space can be subdivided into three spaces. With over 5,300 sq. ft. it can accommodate 260 people for a banquet or 450 people for classroom style meetings. The Center has been booked continuously since we moved in the facility. Some fun facts about the building:
    • 8,900 tons of Concrete
    • 987 tons of Structural Steel
    • 320,500 Bricks
    • 600 tons of Cast Stone
    • 180 tons of Metal Stud Framing
    • 11,000 sheets of Gypsum Board
    • 240 Windows
    • 31,000 feet of Plumbing & HVAC Piping
    • 475,000 feet of Electrical Wiring
    • 1,825 tons of Asphalt
    • 10,450 tons of imported Soil & Stone
    • 1,800 pounds – the weight of the Copper Cupola

  • From Stacy Peterson
  • My Nominations for Best City Halls: Where can you find a mix of historic opulence, lavish artwork AND municipal government? In the 3 stories (4 if you count the bell tower) of Peoria, Illinois’ City Hall. Constructed in only THREE years (completion in 1898), this building was constructed in the Flemish Renaissance style using Lake Superior Red Sandstone (quarried by inmates), Italian marble and ornamental ironwork detail throughout the building. Complimenting the architecture is a vast array of artwork: murals, sculpture, lithographs and a stained glass ceiling contribute to the building that renowned architect Philip Johnson called the “Grande Dame” of our fair city. Some of the companies who constructed the building and did work for the interior ARE STILL IN BUSINESS TODAY (this came in handy for our rehabilitation of Council Chambers) ! Talk about shopping local! In fact, the building is SO interesting that local radio hosts Greg and Dan stopped by for a tour (and even got the birds eye view from the bell tower). Thank you for allowing the nomination and we’re always available for tours for anyone from the ELGL family who want to be shown around

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Tournament Dates

  • Week of January 30: Round of 64
  • Week of February 6: Round of 32
  • Week of February 13: Sweet 16
  • Week of February 20: Elite 8
  • Week of February 27: Final 4
  • Week of March 6: National Championship

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  • Novel M. Hendrix Johansen

    Our City Hall is fantastic having everything in one building now. It just makes our beautiful Kannapolis that much more beautiful. We are a great place to visit, also.

  • dougleunig

    My wife, Eileen, and I had the honor of light painting the interior of Peoria’s magnificent treasure. Words don’t do it justice, so take a look for yourself.

  • Andy Yoos

    The City Hall in Kannapolis just celebrated it’s 1st birthday! Help give the best birthday present of all. A win as the best City Hall ! Vote… vote… vote…

  • Leslie McKnight

    Let’s vote for Peoria! Marble floors, original wood work, stained glass, historical and local art exhibits on every floor, architecturally restored Council Chambers. A true destination place for Central Illinois! Don’t believe me, click on this link and see for yourself

  • Alex Anderson

    City of Kannapolis City Hall is awesome!

  • James

    Kannapolis has a beautiful NEW City Hall… They offer so many events throughout the year. Makes me proud to call Kannapolis Home!

  • Misty Beaver

    Love kannapolis ! Their new city Hall is amazing !

  • Laura Leasure

    Peoria’s City Hall is a beautiful historic treasure in Downtown Peoria. Built in 1896, it features marble floors and wainscoting, an ornate stained glass rotunda ceiling, leaded glass windows, beautifully painted original vault doors, as well as art on every floor: murals, sculptures, paintings of Peoria from the time it was settled to the current landscape. Our Council Chambers has a magnificent mural behind the Mayor’s desk representing the things Peorians find important such as education, medicine, peace, and art. Look up while on the first floor for visual treat in the form of another mural, this one on the ceiling. Keep looking up while next to the sculpture of “Love Knows No Caste” to look up through all four floors to the stained glass ceiling. The double marble stairways feature ornate metal scrolls created by a local Peoria company that is still in business today. This building may not be new, but the historic aspects of it make it so much more than just a building I work in. Not to mention how beautifully decorated it is during the Holiday season, done all by employees volunteering their time after 5:00. Take a look at our City Hall:

  • Kelly Lee Wright

    Our City Hall is a beautiful sight to behold. I love to drive by it at night and see the lights. It is also a wonderful and safe place to walk around when exercising. 🙂

  • Jacob Tuttle

    Great historic Peoria City Hall

  • JR Neumiller

    One of the coolest things about the Peoria City Hall is that it that the modern Peoria Civic Center is wrapped around it, giving it a distinction that is vivid and dramatic. I’ve never seen a city hall as ensconced as this one.

  • Susan Tuttle

    Yes! Peoria City Hall – beautifull inside & out and all the year round!

  • andreaj7117

    I love the metal work along the marble stairs in Peoria’s City Hall.

  • Mary Ann Stalcup

    What an awesome Peoria City Hall! And guess what, it only cost $234,592 to build. A real bargain for such a majestic building!

  • Scott

    Flemish Renaissance is my FAVORITE type of architecture! #CityofPeoria

  • Nick

    Peoria City Hall had $36,918 in original furnishings. Pretty opulent for 1898.

  • Eileen Ruby Setti

    Peoria City Hall is as strong and beautiful as the amazing people who have work in it every day for over 118 years to serve our community.