Photo by Richard Dean/Crandall Library Folklife collection
The dedication of the Warren County Municipal Center in summer 1963 was a gala affair, complete with color guards, speeches, music and plenty of citizens and regional officials attending. The 50th anniversary of the building is to be observed Friday Oct. 18 with similar festivities, as well as tours of the facilities. This vintage photo focuses on the Warren County Courthouse, the northwest wing of the municipal center.
The Warren County Municipal Center, hailed nationally for its suburban-style campus ambiance when it was built in 1963, will be saluted on its 50th anniversary set for Friday Oct. 18.
An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday Oct. 18 at the Municipal Center, and visitors will be able to see the layout as well as the county employees, department by department, as they conduct their daily work.
• The event opens at 10 a.m. with singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” at a monthly meeting of the county Board of Supervisors, second floor.
• At 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., county Sheriff Bud York will conduct tours of the county Public Safety Building, located to the north of the main Municipal Center. Although this building was constructed 2003, there are many historic photographs on the walls of the hallways.
• At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., tours of the county court facilities will be led by Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan. All visitors must enter the Family Court entrance at the north end of the building, where security checks are conducted.
• At noon, a celebratory cake will be served and slide program presented in Room 6-103 on the main Municipal Center first floor.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a classic car show will be held with 1960s music playing. Revolutionary War hero Joseph Warren, after which the county is named, will make an appearance, courtesy of an area re-enactor.
• All day: self-guided tours of the
Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Geraghty offered an invitation Thursday for all to attend.
“The county’s municipal center has withstood the test of time,” he said.
County Historian Ann McCann seconded Geraghty’s motion.
“Birthdays are festive occasions,” she said. “There will be cake and balloons, singing, music and people in costume — All are invited!”