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OLD TRENTON CITY HALL

  • 2 N. Broad Street
  • Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Artwork Creator: designed by Joseph Witherup
  • Hours: n/a
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  • Sponsor/Project: n/a
  • Project Date: 1837

“Previous to 1837 there was no City Hall, but Trenton possessed, in connection with the lock-up and whipping-post on Academy Street, what was known as a Town Hall. Agitation for something of a more convenient and prepossessing character began in 1835 and a committee of Common Council later reported in favor of a building in which there would be a council chamber, court room and other city offices, together with provision for meetings of "a public or political character." A site was selected at Greene and Second (now Broad and State) Streets and a City Hall, designed by Joseph Witherup, was determined upon by Council on April 19, 1837. It was three stories high and of rough-cast brick and was completed in the autumn of the same year . . . Part of the ground floor was rented out for stores and in the second story was a hall which was for many years rented out for meetings, conventions, balls and entertainments. While the County of Mercer was completing its buildings, the surrogate and county clerk had their offices in the City Hall . . . The City Hall was remodeled in 1882, its attrArt original architecture suffering for the sake of enlargement. This remodeled structure, wholly devoted to municipal uses, continued until the erection of the present modern City Hall”. – Trenton Historical Society, A History of Trenton 1679-1929

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