On July 20, 1911, Braintree's Town Hall was destroyed by a fire that likely started in the faulty wiring of a chandelier in the upstairs ballroom.
Less than a year after the building burned, in March of 1912, the town voted to build a new meeting place and put aside $70,550 for the effort. Construction began that June and was completed in time for a dedication ceremony on June 26, 1913.
Nearly 100 years later, Town Hall and its 6.9 acres of land are worth a little more than $5 million, according to records kept by Patriot Properties, which stores data from the Board of Assessors on all real estate in Braintree, along with a number of other towns.
That is significantly more than Thayer Public Library across the street, but just one-tenth the value of Braintree High School.
Patriot Properties says the building itself is worth $1,981,100, with the rest of the value in the land and "extra featues" pegged at $88,500.