Paris, Texas—Paris City Hall turned 100 years old in 2020.
To recognize this important civic building and its contribution for the past 100 years to the citizens, the City of Paris will be giving tours of the City Hall.
Initially planned for the spring of 2020 but canceled due to the COVID-19 virus, the three tours will coincide with the “Imagine the Possibilities Tours” in downtown Paris. You can find “Information on the Imagine the Possibilities Tours” on the Downtown Paris Facebook events page.
They had made recent efforts to restore some of the building’s original features, including the upper floors housing the former City Council Chambers and where firefighters bunked when they used the building as a Central Fire station.
The City of Paris Finance Director, Gene Anderson, will guide the tour. He worked with the City of Paris for many years and has been the spearhead of the renovation projects. “Gene knows the history of the City Hall better than anyone, says Cheri Bedford. I’ve been given a pre-tour, and it was fascinating.”
Those who take the tour see the display of the contents of the 1920 time capsule placed in the cornerstone as reported in the Paris Morning News in March 1921. Attendees will also become a part of history as they sign a scroll that goes into the contents of a new time capsule. The 2021 time capsule will be returned to the original cornerstone for future citizens to reveal.
There are three (3) tours on June 26, 2021. The tours will begin at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Those wishing to participate should gather in the City Council Chambers, an entrance at 107 E. Kaufman Street. They will serve cake and give a small commemorative gift to those in attendance.
The City of Paris invites everyone to come. No reservation is necessary.