Municipal Buildings Complex Hits Century Mark

Oct 4, 2013

A complex of municipal buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts that includes City Hall is 100 years old, and plans are in the works for a big celebration that will include concerts.

A postcard believed to be from 1940 shows Springfield Symphony Hall (on the left) the Italiante Camanile clock tower and City Hall
Credit Boston Public Library

     Participating in the rededication ceremony  the weekend of December 6th  will be Jonathan Fantini Porter, a top official with the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, whose great grandfather, John Denison was mayor of Springfield 100 years ago.

   The municipal group, as it is known, consists of two Greek revival buildings made of limestone and marble that house City Hall and Symphony Hall. Between the two is a 300 foot clock tower.  Plans will be announced during the anniversary events for a fund raising campaign to repair the clock tower, which has been closed for 30 years.