NEW CANAAN, Conn. — When Robert E. Mallozzi III walked into New Canaan Town Hall on his first day as first selectman, he saw a plumber walking out the front door covered in soot.
Mallozzi later learned that the man had come from the basement and had to “coax and cajole” the building’s boiler to start.
That is when the first selectman decided that the building needed to be brought up to modern standards. And the idea for a renovated town hall was reborn.
On Saturday, Mallozzi stood before a small crowd gathered in a new meeting room to unveil the renovated structure.
“It’s a humbling day,” he said, while video footage of the construction played on several large flat-panel televisions in the room. “It’s like when you go to D.C. and look up at the Capitol.”
The new Town Hall isn’t just for the residents, Mallozzi said. It’s also for the town employees, including some who had to endure ceilings that leaked onto their desks.
“We have provided them with a modern workplace,” he said. “They so deserved it.”
Mallozzi praised those who helped with the construction of the building, including the third Building Committee. Two previous committees had overseen previous construction projects.
A plaque commemorating the town’s 1909-10 building committee is featured in the front entrance to the building. One descendant of an original committee member was in the crowd Saturday, Mallozzi said.
Saturday’s ceremony included a ribbon cutting in front of the renovated Town Hall and a performance by the town band, which played "The Washington Post March."
While much of the structure will seem new to some, the architects said they kept many features of the historic structure, including the front facade.
But the building will also include new much-needed features. For example, the structure will for the first time be handicapped accessible, Mallozzi said.
The building’s design received high accolades from many in the crowd, including the third Building Committee’s chairman, Michael Avgerinos.
“The results are beautiful,” Avgerinos said.
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