If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me about our first city hall at the NW corner of Hazel and Sutton, I would probably have 20 or maybe 25 cents by now. 7401 Hazel is a lovely building and one of our oldest commercial ones but it was never our city hall.
It was put up in 1898 by Dr. Cape who lived across the street. To refresh your memory you might like to take a look at this previous post.
Cape, Koester and our First City Hall
We are currently using city hall building #3. I have sifted through my digital archive for what information I can find to answer any questions you may have about our city halls once and for all. Or at least for a year or so until everyone including me has completely forgotten the contents of this post.
The building in the foreground is 7401-3 Hazel. It is a beautiful building but it was never our city hall. Photo taken 10/14/2012 by Yours truly.
The same scene 100+years earlier. I posted this photo because there was some discussion a post or so ago about what early building may have been at the SE corner of Sutton and Manchester. You can barely make it out in the distance. It does seem to be different than the one we have today. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
This, as most of you already know, is our first city hall. Built in 1908, it was four years old when this photo was taken. The building at 2737 Sutton survives today. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
These are such great photos! I ran an extra one. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
This one by Yours truly was taken on 1/15/2006. The building was still under restoration. The Maplewood Mill chimney and Cyclone can be seen in the background. In my opinion, the Cyclone dust collector was unnecessarily removed. See my posts about it. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
This is Maplewood City Hall #2. Built in 1922, it was located on the NE corner of Manchester and Big Bend. I believe this is a 1946 photo of it. Courtesy of Martin Fischer.
Probably taken sometime in the 1920’s. Thanks to the Maplewood Police Department for this one.
A 1928 photo of some of Maplewood’s finest posing in front of city hall #2. Courtesy of Maplewood Public Library.
In 1946 a bond issue was put before the citizens of Maplewood to build a new city hall. It didn’t fly. If it had we’d have a city hall that looks like this. The cost was to have been $346,000. Hmmm. Courtesy of Martin Fischer.
From the incredible collection of Martin Fischer, the printing block used to print the previous drawing.
A page from the September 10,1958 St. Louis County Observer newspaper celebrating Maplewood’s Golden Jubilee. Our 50th anniversary. That proposed city hall looks pretty futuristic. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
Here is an enlargement of the photo of city hall #2 from the previous photo. That is a war memorial on the corner. The location of this building was the NE corner of Big Bend and Manchester where the White Castle is located today.
Then in 1962 steps were taken to replace city hall #2. There was a controversy about the sale. Apparently some folks thought it had been done a bit surreptitiously. I don’t know what conclusion they reached. Sure wish I had copied some more of these clippings but I didn’t. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
Here is what we wound up with. Although I’m not looking at the evidence, I have in my dim memory that this building was constructed in 1964. I wonder what happened to that futuristic model from 1958? Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
This attractive water garden definitely improves the scene. I’d take it a bit farther. How about a high speed water slide from the roof straight into the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center? A zip line to the high school would also be nice. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
To sum it all up, we used city hall #1 for 14 years, city hall #2 for 40 and city hall #3 for 53 and counting.