Springfield's Buildings of 83 years. Now being erected on Court Street. 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 a food fair in 1905, a mischievous monkey saw fit to upset a lamp - result: a $100,000 fire and Springfield minus a city hall. Now on the old site, Court Street, the new $1,500,000 municipal buildings are being erected, and will make Springfield famous, will elevated the standard of architecture, public and private , and teach new and beautiful ideas. The Clock tower, 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.