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How to be a Docent

Thank you for your interest in the City Hall and Tweed Courthouse Tour Program. Docent applications are not being collected at this time.  Please check back for updates.

For other volunteer opportunities for the City of New York, please visit
NYC Service.

The Public Design Commission of the City of New York initiated a volunteer docent tour program of New York City's historic City Hall and Tweed Courthouse with the intent of increasing public access to and knowledge of both buildings. Tours of City Hall and Tweed Courthouse are given on weekdays by reservation and are offered free of charge.

Interested volunteers should have a prior knowledge of or interest in architecture, art history, New York City history, and/or early-American history. Docents are asked to attend a minimum of two tours, study and learn provided tour information, undergo several supervised training sessions before leading a tour, agree to a probationary period of three months and commit to volunteer a minimum of three hours per weekday. 

The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history and architecture, including the landmark rotunda and dome, and visits to the recently renovated Council Chamber and the Governor's Room, a museum and reception room that houses one of the most important collections of 19th century American portraiture as well as historic furnishings.

The tour of Tweed Courthouse includes a discussion of the building's history and architecture, including the comprehensive restoration and the legacy of Tammany Hall boss William M. Tweed, and visits to several former courtrooms and the octagonal rotunda with its spectacular laylight and Roy Lichtenstein sculpture entitled Element #E from Five Brushstrokes, 1983-1984.

Aly DesRochers
Manager of Public Programs
Public Design Commission of the City of New York
City Hall, Third Floor
New York, NY 10007

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