Home to the Bermuda Society of Arts and the Bermuda National Gallery, this large whitewashed building on Church Street also houses the offices of the Corporation of Hamilton (portraits of all of the city's formers mayors are displayed in its foyer, as is a giant portrait of Queen Elizabeth II sitting in her throne). Built in 1960, the massive limestone structure also features a 91-foot tower topped by a weathervane depicting the Sea Venture, the shipwrecked sailing vessel that crashed upon Bermuda's shores in 1609, which introduced the island's first settlers. There's a first floor theater where local companies often perform plays and musicals, plus a long Bermuda cedar staircase, which leads to the art galleries on the second floor.