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Old City Hall
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 24° 33.565 W 081° 48.274
17R E 418522 N 2716401
Quick Description: Constructed in 1890 this building has proudly served the community and stands as a piece of history.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 6:14:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM6HAA
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member paintfiction
Views: 25

Long Description:
The City of Key West acquired this lot in 1871 and built a wood-frame city hall, dedicating it on July 4, 1876, during the nations Centennial. That building stood until it burned down in the devastating fire of 1886. The City then constructed this brick edifice between 1890 and 1892. Scott, McDermott & Higgs designed the structure, while Russell & Harvey built it. The ground floor  with wide arches and supporting columns  accommodated market stalls, then fire engines. The upper floor, dominated by the City Commission chambers, also housed City offices. Over the years, the building was altered, including the removal of the bell tower. Monroe County acquired the property in 1965 to house its juvenile court. In 1974, the State of Florida acquired the building, and the Historic Florida Keys Preservation Board spearheaded its restoration. The bell tower was restored in 1976 during the Bicentennial. Restoration efforts continued through the 1980s, leading to the rededication of Old City Hall in 1991. Sweeping granite stairs and an ornate iron balustrade distinguish the buildings entrance, while high ceilings, large windows, and wainscoting grace the historic interior.
Marker Number: F601

Date: 2007

County: Monroe

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: THE HISTORIC FLORIDA KEYS FOUNDATION AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Website: Not listed

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