|Paxton, Ma. Town Hall
Welcome to the website of the Paxton
Town Hall Renovation Committee. This
site is being provided at no cost to the
town. The purpose is to enable the
residents of Paxton to envision the
transformation of the present 120 year
old structure into a 21st century office
building that retains all the architectural
charm the original builders instilled for
the building's benefactor, Simon Allen.
Please take the time to enjoy learning
about the building, taking a tour and
examining the proposed floor plans. We
believe that you will be surprised at what
can be accomplished. We hope that you
enjoy the site.
"For the last three years I motored many miles through Europe. After traveling
all day, I would arrive at my destination to see a church, a cathedral, a town hall,
a scrap of Roman wall or viaduct, a coliseum or an ancient theatre. It was
always a piece of architecture that suddenly dissipated the obscurity of time
and brought the living presence back of all ages. It is in the stones and wood
that the personal record of man comes down to us. We call it atmosphere, this
indescribable something that still haunts old monuments. You can read history,
you can visit a hundred museums containing their handiwork, but nothing can
reincarnate their spirit except to walk through rooms in which they have lived
and through the scenes that were the background of their lives. It is a
marvelous thing, this expression of human ideals in walls and windows."
John Hays Hammond, Jr.