One of the most surprising things about Cincinnati is that, in spite of being a city founded by German immigrants, many historic buildings have an amazingly Greek or Italian influence. You can find houses with a Venetian campanile or Doric pediment. In some neighborhoods, unfortunately, many historic houses are in very bad condition. The Town Hall (City Hall) is a clear example of an architectural style that does not fit the ethnic origins of the population. It is a large granite building of carved stone that resembles the southern European Romanesque. Like the old Romanesque churches, it uses large stone blocks that give a massive heavy appearance.