Taunton City Hall - Church Green - Taunton, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 41° 54.075 W 071° 05.361
19T E 326693 N 4640923
Quick Description: Taunton City Hall faces the Church Green and is an interesting Renaissance-style structure that is currently closed.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/2/2012 7:42:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMEBJ2
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
In Taunton, south east of the center of the city, is the Church Green Historic District. Included in this district is the Taunton City Hall, which is on the west side of Church Green and faces it on the other side of Summer Street.

The city hall is near the intersection of Summer Street and U.S. Route 44 and is by a statue of Robert Treat Paine, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The city hall was built in 1848. The second story was built in 1853. The original design of the building was done by Earl E. Ryder. From 1854 to 1885, the second floor was used by the Taunton High School. In 1896, the original castle-like facade was replaced with the present-day Renaissance Style facade. This was designed by architect J. Merrill Brown.

On August 10, 2010 a four alarm fire burned in the city hall, causing $500,000 in damage. Later, it was determined to be arson. The incident is still under investigation.

The City Hall is listed as a component of the Church Green Historic District in several places, including Wikipedia (Church Green) and the Reconnaissance Report for Taunton. I wish I could find a copy of the application for the district.

Additional Source:

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Taunton Recon. Report:
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Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Church Green

Link to nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): [Web Link]

15 Summer Street Taunton, MA 02780

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Other (Please explain in the Private Message field)

Optional link to narrative or database: [Web Link]

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