Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Old City Center Square
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—Danbury, Connecticut —
City Hall Square, the intersection of Main and White Streets has been a central focal point for public activities and structures since the late eighteenth century.
In the 1880s it became the center of Danbury public life. The old City Hall, that stood where the Danbury Public Library is now located, took two years to build and was completed in 1886. It housed the offices of elected officials, the Police Department and the City jail. An open portico on the West Street side was a spot where dignitaries viewed many passing parades. The building outgrew the needs of the community and in 1960 the structure was razed.
City Hall is now located at the corner of West Street and Deer Hill Avenue.
Soldiers Monument stands in the center of the intersection and was dedicated in 1880. The inscription reads: “To our Brothers, Beloved, Honored, Revered, Who Died That Our Country Might Live.”
The Pershing Building, located on the corner of Main and West Streets was named for General John J. Pershing. Erected in 1923 on the ruins of the Taylor Opera House this 35,000 square foot structure housed 14 stores on the ground floor and 58 offices in the upper levels making it the largest commercial building at the time.
The CityCenter Danbury offices are located on the ground floor of The Pershing Building.
Location. 41° 23.598′ N, 73° 27.082′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and West Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Located in front of the Danbury Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 170 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To Our Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury City Hall Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Sybil Ludington (within shouting distance of this marker); The Danbury Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The Settling of Danbury (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Women of Note (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Firsts (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kenosia & Candlewood (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.