Norwood City Hall

Norwood City Hall at Montgomery and Elm.

Norwood City Hall, ca. 1940s.
ca. 1940s
Norwood City Hall, 2007.

In 1881, George Hafer, a prominent Cincinnati businessman and the last Mayor of Avondale, donated land, at the corner of Montgomery Pike and Elm Street, to the Norwood community on the condition that a town hall be built there within two years. A frame structure was constructed facing Elm Avenue. After the village was formally incorporated in 1888, the elected officials, tired of working out of a small office in the nearby Knights of Pythias building, decided to purchase the hall. On March 3, 1890, by Ordinance 69, the Village of Norwood purchased the town hall from the Norwood Hall Association. The formal purchase was three months later, on June 20, 1890. In 1915, the wooden town hall was replaced with a masonry municipal building, now known as City Hall.

At the November, 1912, election, Norwood voters approved a $90,000 bond for a new city hall by a vote of 2,650 to 1,278. Five other bond issues did not receive the two thirds majority—Boulevard lighting system, Crown Avenue extension, Ross Avenue extension, Franklin Avenue extension and Lafayette Avenue extension.

In February, 1913, it was reported that the plans were to include an emergency hospital and a large auditorium for public gatherings in the new City Hall.

The Norwood Federation of Women's Clubs had first pushed for the City Hall to be built at the site of Central School, across the road from the Town Hall, but later decided on the playgrounds at Mills Avenue and Montgomery Road (today's Victory Park). However, because of deed restriction placed on the town hall site by George Hafer, the village decided to demolish the old hall and rebuild there.

During the demolition of the old Town Hall and the construction of the new City Hall, it was said that city officials would use temporary offices at the old Central School building across Montgomery Road.

A newspaper article on March 15, 1915, stated that Service Director Pierson had received plans for the new city building from the architects. Mr. Pierson said he would keep one copy on file at his office and another at the Builders' Exchange in Cincinnati.

The city hall was built in 1915, and on January 1, 1916, the November-elected city officials were installed on the stage of the new City Hall. After, the swearing-in ceremonies of the new Norwood officials, including Mayor Englehardt, Norwood's $100,000 City Hall was dedicated on Saturday.

The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places list on March 11, 1980. It is recorded as "Norwood Municipal Building" at 4645 Montgomery Road, reference number 80003093.