TAUNTON CITY HALL
Taunton City Hall
The historic renovation of Taunton City Hall was completed in September 2020, with an October ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the event.
Ground breaking for the project was March 2019, and from that time to completion, the project kept schedule timeframes and finished under budget. The original 1848 portion of City Hall, which for years had housed council chambers and offices including that of the mayor, was demolished in 2018. A brand new four-story rear addition is now in place and contains city offices, planning and meeting rooms.
The $27 million dollar Taunton City Hall features a new four-story rear section that merges with the front edifice, and a separate municipal council chambers building with a connecting walkway adjacent to the main structure. That stand-alone building will occupy space that was once occupied by the circa-1870 Leonard Block — a four-story commercial building with a theater and offices that later came to be known simply as the Star Theater.
The large, new rear addition is attached to the front building with a separate, smaller building closer to the street--connecting to the granite building via a walkway. That single-story building with its basement and attic will be the new home of the Chester A. Martin Municipal Chambers. So, what used to be recognized as a three-floor building has been transformed into a bona fide four-story edifice. Two adjacent buildings during the past five years were demolished to open space for the new construction.