Completed in 1911, The Sacramento City Hall at 915 “I” Street, with its central tower of the building with its four clock faces became a useful landmark. The low silhouette of the Plaza Park trees and the relatively young plantings along “I” Street allowed the clocks to be viewed from a much greater distance than today. A newspaper of the time noted how the trolley motormen would check their watches against the clocks as they passed City Hall. City Hall is the finest representative of the Beaux Art style in Sacramento. It is sited dramatically opposite Plaza Park which serves as an attractive and appropriate landscape setting. Designed by Rudolph Herold, who was a skilled local architect of considerable virtuosity, the structure combines both exuberance and dignity into a distinguished civil work. The building continues today as the center of city government.
In 2005, the building went through a major $11 million restoration from 2003 to 2005. The restoration was part of an overall $60 million civic center project with city hall as the cornerstone. Another part of the civic center project was the construction of underground parking garage for 170 cars.[