The POTUS and the FLOTUS have been visiting New Delhi, India this week, which reminded us of a little Paducah trivia. Do you know the connection between New Dehli and Paducah? The answer is a pair of buildings designed by famed architect, Edward Durrell Stone. Already known for such buildings as Radio City Music Hall (1932) and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1937), Stone was hired as chief designer/architect for the new U.S. Embassy in New Dehli, India in 1954. Flash forward nine years to 1963, and Stone (as part of a federally funded urban renewal project) was hired to design Paducah’s City Hall. Lo and behold, once construction began, folks started to notice a similarity between our City Hall and that embassy in New Delhi. Some even called them “Sister Buildings,” and if you compare the photos below, the resemblances are evident. Stone’s star kept rising after our City Hall went up. Among his dozens of other buildings were the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Busch Stadium (demolished in 2005), and the Kirwan-Blanding complex on U.K’s campus. By all accounts, the U.S. Embassy building in New Delhi is doing just fine, and we’re sure the Obamas had a nice tour of the facility this past week. Now as for our City Hall….
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