New Municipal Group

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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THE EVOLUTION OF 85 YEARS Old City Hall, First Town Hall Unsurpassed among Public Buildings. SPRINGFIELD'S FIRST TOWN HALL was opened in 1828 and still stands at the corner of State and Market Streets. In 1855 the City Hall was opened and at that period was the most important structure ever erected in Western Massachusetts. It cost $100,000, the clock tower was 130 feet high and held a bell of two tons weight. 2500 people could be seated in the hall. During the commercial travelers fair in 1905 a mischievous monkey saw fit to upset a lamp --result: a $100,000 fire and Springfield minus a city hall. Springfield's Classic Municipal Group will do more to advertise the ""City of Homes"" than any other one agency. The Municipal building on the right is for the City Offices. The Auditorium on the left has a seating capacity of 4,500, with exhibition space of 22,000 square feet. These buildings are equal in size, having a frontage of 115 feet on Court Street, and a depth of 175 feet, extending to Pynchon Street, Corinthian Columns 41 feet high. Height to apex of pediments 7 feet. Absolutely fireproof. Estimated cost.$2,000,000. The clock tower or ""Campanile"" 300 feet high, is a unique feature of the Group that will attract thousands of visitors to enjoy the grand view of the city and Connecticut valley

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