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If These Halls Could Talk: A History of Sudbury’s Town Hall Buildings

Join the Sudbury Historical Society for an illustrated lecture about Sudbury’s old and new Town Halls on Sunday, January 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Town Hall, 322 Concord Road. The program will explore the history and impact of Sudbury’s Town Hall: its Greek Revival presence fronting on the Common since 1846; the involvement in the design of the current iteration by three resident architects of national, even world renown (Ralph Adams Cram, Joseph Everett Chandler, and project architect Charles Henry Way); the will of a small town to organize and sacrifice — during the worst years of the Depression — to recreate a town symbol as the anchor of the town’s historic community space; and what transpired in the building since that time. Also to be discussed will be the role and impact upon the town, in the 21st century, of the building itself and the greater town center, as well as the statewide movement to rejuvenate historic town halls.

The program will be led by Sudbury native Chris Morely, longtime Chair of the Community Preservation Committee and 16 year member of the Planning Board, among numerous other local volunteer endeavors. In 2015 and 2016, he served as a member of the Town Hall Blue Ribbon Committee. As it happens, Chris himself has spent significant time involved in activities held in the Town Hall during every stage of his life, totaling thousands of hours. His portion of the program will be informed by that experience, his degree in U.S. History, and his work in real estate development and architecture as they relate to the adaptive reuse of older buildings.

The program is free for SHS members. A donation of $5 is appreciated from nonmembers. Refreshments will follow.

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