Town Hall, South Orange, N. J.
The foundation will be stone and the walls of the first story will be of brick with pressed-brick corners. The balance of the exterior will be in half-timber work with Portland cement on wire lath between the panels. The style of the building being suggested by the half-timber work of England and Germany of the Elizabethan period. On the south corner a tower will rise to the height of fifty feet, surmounted by a belfry, beneath which the fire hose may be hung to dry. The basement will be almost entirely above ground, and will be lighted Lorn the rear. One room in this will be finished for the firemen in addition to their meeting room on the first story. Toilet rooms are provided in the basement for the first story’ offices, and provision is made for coal storage, also two large fire-proof vaults with iron doors for the storage of documents. The first story provides accommodation for the fire department by a large room, sixteen by thirty-five feet, sufficient in size to accommodate the truck and the hose-carts. The firemen’s room is directly in the rear of this, and communicates by private staircase with the second room below. I’he floor of the hose room is filled-in solid up to the first story, finished with cement and provided with a drain so that water used in cleaning the apparatus can be easily carried away, without rotting the floor beams. The walls will be wainscoted about seven feet high; the firemen’s quarters connect with the tower and belfry. In the first story are provided offices for the village treasurer and water superintendent, a committee room for the trustees, and one extra room is provided in case the township committee wishes to install the township collector in the town hall. The entrance to this part of the building is under a loggia which will have a cement floor. This opens on a hallway, from which rises the main staircase, six feet wide and well lighted at the bottom and top, on the right as you enter the building. The second story contains the meeting room of the Board of Trustees, which will be a large hall comfortably seating about 350 people. The stage is so arranged that It can be completely shut off by means of sliding doors from the main floor. The auditorium will have an open-timber roof. The president and clerk will each have a room communicating with the trustees’ room and to all this part of the building access may be gained by a private staircase in the tower which may be utilized with convenience when the main hall is rented. A toilet room for the trustees is also provided on the second story. The entire building will be heated by steam, and lit by gas.
There is talk in North Tonawanda. N . Y., of buying up the water works there, now owned by a private company.