City Hall/Thalian Hall

100 N. 3rd. St., Wilmington, North Carolina


Wilmington City Hall-Thalian Hall

1. front elevations

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Wilmington City Hall/Thalian Hall has housed city government and community theater continuously since 1855. Designed by John Montague Trimble, the building is of restrained, neo-classical design with flamboyant Victorian Italianate details typical of Wilmington architecture of this period. Thalian Hall survives today as the best example of 19th century theater architecture in North Carolina, and one of the few remaining examples in the nation. City Hall/Thalian Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS NC-7)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1970
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian
Areas of significance
Architecture; Performing Arts
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
City hall; Theater
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1858; 1870; 1900

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller