The gold dome is done. Now tiles on the roof mean renovations are finally moving along on Town Hall.
The city’s welcome center and home to the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum has been closed to the public since October. You can’t miss the sign at 71 N. Federal Highway, just north of Palmetto Park Road.
But a total redo inside and out is expensive for the city’s 92-year former government building on the National Register of Historic Places.
A city grant for repairs was $650,000, the landlord portion. The city owns the site and restores the exterior. So, plans are underway for a capital campaign to fund needed interior renovations and new exhibits, said executive director Mary Csar.
The HVAC, heating and air-conditioning system needs replacing and the plumbing upgraded. The back patio will be enclosed to make an office.
“We’re looking to re-open in the summer,” Csar said. “The renovations will take six months. Then we will install the exhibits.”
Already being built, they’ll include a timeline from pre-Colombian times to 2005, installed in the long hallway. “Each room will have a focus,” Csar said. Visitors can interact and have an immersive experience, is how she described them. “We’ll bring them over when the building is ready,” she said.
For history buffs, Town Hall was built in 1927. The city chose a Delray Beach architect after famed Boca designer Addison Mizner’s plans were too grand. But some Mizner elements were already on order. So the building itself is famous for its ornamental ironworks, arches and beautiful floor tiles.
By Marci Shatzman