The Old Town Hall II – Clock Tower Renovation and Reconstruction
October 2, 1975
The City signed Tuesday a $146,830 contract with the Bonina Construction
Corporation of Stamford for renovation and reconstruction of Old Town Hall.
Mayor Frederick P. Lenz Jr. termed the contract "one of the most beneficial" of
his administration. Signing for the contractor was its president,
Architect for the project, Bertram Lee Whinston, stressed that the reconstruction
work will retain the original character of the present building which has
been officially designated as a historic American landmark.
The existing tower on Old Town Hall will be replaced and a new clock with
automatic controls will be installed, the mayor explained.
"The present bell with its familiar sound will be saved for use in
the remodeled tower," he said. "I know that all of
our employees who are stationed in Old Town Hall will be delighted
to have the old
leaky roof replaced with a watertight new slate one which should
end water dripping
on their desks."
The new tower is being fabricated in Kentucky weatherproof aluminum, Mr.
Bonina said. The aluminum will be covered with acrylic plastic to preserve
the tower's appearance and new drains will be installed on the new roof and
there will be new flashing.
Mr. Whinston added that other improvements to the building and its surroundings
include a new plaza, new windows and the skylight in the entrance rotunda.
According to the contractor, work will start next week with the removal
of the lower. Mr. Bonina said the removal might take place on a Sunday to
avoid disruption of work in the building. The contract specifies 146 days
for completion of the job.
Mayor Lenz expressed pleasure that the renovation will be in time for the
City's observance of the nation's bicentennial celebration.
Thursday, May 6, 1976
TOWN HALL ADORNED – Old Town Hall gets a new bell tower Wednesday
morning as a throng of downtown pedestrians watched. The new tower was
trucked to Atlantic Square, hoisted by crane, shown left, and then slowly
lowered into place. The five-ton tower, constructed of fiberglass and
aluminum, replaces the original tower atop the historical building, which
is being refurbished with City and federal funds. (Advocate
Photos by Ryan)
May 29, 1976
TURNING IT ON – Mayor Louis A. Clapes,. shown in inset, throws
the switch to start up the clock in Stamford's historic Old Town Hall
tower Friday afternoon. The tower, which had become leaky and damaged
over the years, was taken off for restoration, paid for with federal
and city money. With the mayor is City Highways Superintendent Patrick
J. Scarella. (Advocate Staff Photo by Govoni)
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