Visitors entering HutchinsonCity Hall through the northeast entrance are now being greeted by a wall papered with an enlargement of a 1920s photo of Main Street.
The photo shows street cars creeping along rails laid down the middle of the street, lots of vintage cars parked, crowded sidewalks and people crossing all up and down the street. It’s shot from just south of Sherman looking to the north, with the First National Bank on the left and the WileyBuilding looming over the rest of the downtown from the background on the right.
The mural is part of the ongoing renovation of City Hall. This week, workers were applying a stucco finish to the exterior of the addition built on the east side of the building. That addition will serve as a safe room for employees and visitors during severe weather as well as a conference room/after-hours meeting room.
Other workers were applying new wall coverings in the lobby as well as in the City Council chambers.
Mike Lueck, director of parks and facilities, said that the Council, which has been meeting at the Fire Command and TrainingCenter on East Fourth during the expansion and renovation, will move back to City Hall sometime in January.
Lueck said workers are pulling communication cable and installing ceiling tile this week. Concrete sidewalks on the east side will be poured over the next week or so as weather and temperatures allow. A new council dais, curved and placed against the east wall so that people coming and going won’t have to walk between the Council and the audience, and new flooring will go in over two weeks starting around Nov. 18. Doors, hardware, sound equipment and other odds and ends will go in the second half of the month. Furniture and signage is expected to arrive sometime in December.
Then the IT department wants some time to test the audio/visual equipment before the doors are opened to the public and the Council returns in January, Lueck said.