Saugus Town Hall has undergone a $600,000 restoration.

Saugus Town Hall gets a $600,000 facelift

For the first time in more than two decades Saugus Town Hall is getting a facelift. 

"It's amazing to see what a positive difference this restoration project has made," said Town Manager Scott Crabtree. "The Town Hall looks even more vibrant and welcoming for the residents of Saugus with these necessary improvements."

Town Meeting allocated $200,000 for an assessment of the condition of the exterior of the building, which uncovered rotten wood. Last year, an additional $400,000 was allocated for necessary renovations.

"This building belongs to the public," said Crabtree, who said that the enhancements were made for the residents and to preserve the town's history. 

The Town Hall was built in 1875 and designed in the Stick, or Victorian eclectic, style by Boston architectural firm Lord and Fuller. It was originally home to the town's high school, School Committee, Police Department, and public library. 

Restoration of the building was completed in stages. It was repainted with the original, historic colors that were returned during a renovation in 1998. 

Deteriorated wood was removed and replaced. Paint was removed from the chimney, which needed other repairs. Missing slate was also replaced. 

In addition, the town's Department of Public Works replaced 40 sidewalk panels around the building's perimeter. 

Restoration work was completed by Building Conservation Associates, Inc., and Finegold Alexander Architects, the same firm that completed the 1998 renovation. 

"Located in the heart of Saugus Center, our historic Town Hall is an integral piece of the community that is treasured by generations of Saugus residents," said Debra Panetta, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen. "I commend the town manager for prioritizing improvements to this special landmark, which is a source of pride in Saugus."

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