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Gotham City Architecture: The Gotham City Police Department Headquarters

Having survived the Pinkney bombings, the Gotham earthquake, and No Man’s Land, the Gotham City Police Department Headquarters is one of the oldest and most resilient landmarks in the city. Located in Old Gotham, the Cyrus Pinkney-designed building serves as the primary headquarters for the dedicated officers of the Gotham City Police Department. Though the […]
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Gotham City: No Man’s Land

The Gotham earthquake was the worst on its kind in recorded East Coast history. It measured 7.6 on the richter scale and was centered in the Spillkin Hill area of Bristol Township about 10 to 20 miles north of the city center. Worse still, mosts buildings in Gotham had not been properly prepared for the […]
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A Dark Night in Gotham City

Since it’s inception, Gotham City has been presented as the embodiment of the urban fears that gave rise to the American suburbs, the safe havens from the city that they are. Gotham City has always been a dark place, full of steam and rats and crime. A city of graveyards and gargoyles; alleys and asylums. […]

Gotham City History: The Origin of “Gotham”

Gotham City was named by Batman writer Bill Finger. When he was asked about how he chose the name “Gotham” and why he didn’t just use New York City, Finger has said: “Originally I was going to call Gotham City ‘Civic City’. Then I tried ‘Capital City’, then ‘Coast City’. Then I flipped through the […]
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Where is Gotham City?

View Larger Map Where is Gotham City? Short Answer: New Jersey. Here’s a clever fan rendering suggesting how Gotham might be integrated into the Garden State. Longer answer: The Atlas of the DC Universe, created in 1990 for a Role-playing Game, included a rare map of the American in DC Comics. Included on the East […]
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Gotham City Architecture: Solomon Wayne and Cyrus Pinkney Bring the Goth to Gotham

From: Handcarts and Hellholes: A Brief History of Gotham City by Aristotle Rodor (Dennis O’Neil) It is said that when Solomon Zebedia Wayne finished his first tour of Gotham Village, he gazed upward and mumbled a prayer of thanksgiving. He had found his home, his vocation, and the source of his eventual fortune. When young […]
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Gotham City Architecture: Gotham’s Architectural Historian Supervillain

One of the great storylines in the Batman comics was “Destroyer” published in 1992. Written by Alan Grant, the premise is sure to please any disgruntled architect or uncompromising disciple of Howard Roark: an overzealous architecture historian / Navy SEAL bombs abandoned and derelict “soulless concrete” buildings that obscure the Neo-gothic architecture of the city’s […]
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Gotham City Map: The Cartographer of Gotham

Gotham City limits were defined in 1998. While the city as we think of it today can be said to have its origins in the early 19th century, it wasn’t until the dawn of the 21st that it was charted. The first official map of Gotham was created in preparation for the “No Man’s Land” […]
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Gotham’s Architectural Historian Supervillain

One of my favorite plots in the Batman comics—for reasons that will be painfully obvious— was a storyline titled “Destroyer” published in 1992. Written by Alan Grant, the premise is sure to please any disgruntled architect or uncompromising disciple of Howard Roark: an overzealous architecture historian / Navy SEAL bombs abandoned and derelict “soulless concrete” […]