Everyone is invited to attend the City Hall Unveiling Ceremony set for 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at City Hall. This event is to celebrate the recent rehabilitation project to preserve this historic building located at 300 South 5th Street.
The unveiling includes an open house from 4 until 5:30 p.m., the celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:15 p.m. led by Mayor Brandi Harless, and the presentation of the Dogwood Trail awards at 4:45 p.m. by the Paducah Civic Beautification Board. Enjoy music by the Paducah Singers and refreshments sponsored by A&K Construction and Marcum Engineering. While at the event, view photographs showing the rehabilitation project. Winners of the Dogwood Trail Art & Photography Contest also will be on display.
From 5:30 until 6:30 p.m., continue enjoying City Hall during the Meet the Team event. Provide your questions, concerns, and ideas about City government to Paducah City Manager Jim Arndt and the City’s Leadership Team.
City Manager Jim Arndt says, “When I came to town ten months ago, I saw a building that was draped in black. They told me the community discussed the options of preserving our City Hall or constructing a new modern facility. I thought the construction of a new building was the way to go until the day I saw the veil come down. Now, I am so proud that the City opted to preserve the legacy of renowned architect, Edward Durell Stone, and rehabilitate this majestic building.”
After Meet the Team, the McCracken County Public Library is holding Evening Upstairs from 7 until 8 p.m. This free presentation focuses on Edward Durell Stone, the architect who designed Paducah’s City Hall. Historic Preservationist Melinda Winchester will provide an overview of Stone’s career and famous designs. Winchester also was instrumental in preparing the nomination for City Hall’s listing on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service officially listed City Hall in July 2017. The building was constructed between 1963 and 1965 with the dedication ceremony on February 28, 1965.
In January 2018, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a contract with A&K Construction for the rehabilitation of City Hall with work commencing in March 2018 and wrapping up in April 2019. The $4.1 million project rehabilitated City Hall’s roofing, concrete overhang (canopy), façade, heating and cooling systems, skylights, and windows.
Date of release: April 25, 2019