Old Municipal Building after retrofit and repurposing

435 Main Street
across from City Plaza
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Property Owner
City of Chico
J.W. Roberts and Oscar Wenderoth

The first Chico Municipal Building (now referred to officially as the Old Municipal Building and also known as the Old Town Hall) was dedicated in 1911. It was built at a cost of $55,000 in Renaissance Revival style facing the downtown City Plaza.1.

Old Municipal Building undergoing retrofit and repurposing The building underwent restoration in 2008 and was finished May, 2009 at a cost of $3.1 million. It boasts a completely refurbished stair case, and its original 1910 "Regulator Clock" has been restored. Furthermore, the building still has a jail and vaults from when it originally housed main operations of the Chico Police Department. Finally, the restoration included energy efficiency enhancements which resulted in monetary awards from PG&E.2.

The first floor of the building offers the following services:

  • Police Substation

It is open to questions from the public and is used by the police for day to day office duties. Volunteers man the service desk. The station further enhances police presence in the downtown area.

This department will be moving into the old town hall this summer.

The second floor of the building offers the following services:

  • To be determined


1. web Chico: Life and Times of a City of Fortune
2. Old city hall opens again to community, Jenn Klein, Chico ER, May 12th 2009"