Newtown Borough Hall

Newtown Borough Hall (HMLQC)

Location: Newtown, PA 18940 Bucks County
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N 40° 13.804', W 74° 56.192'

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Newtown Heritage Walk No. 24

On April 16, 1838, the village of Newtown received its own municipal identity, distinct from that of Newtown Township, when it was formally chartered as a borough by the Pennsylvania Legislature.

In 1854, the Borough approved the plans to build this building, located at 23 North State Street. Construction started in 1857 and was finished by 1858. The building was used as both council chambers and lock-up, with the lock-up seeing steady service until the 1940s. Interestingly, the mason who built the walls of this building and lock-up became the first prisoner, confined by the very same walls that he built, for pig stealing.

Major restoration of the chambers was undertaken and completed in 1976 to coincide with the National Bicentennial celebration. This distinctive Greek [R]evival structure has served the Borough officials since its opening in 1858, and is said to be the oldest building in the state still in use for its original purpose as borough chambers.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Borough of Newtown and Newtown Historical Association
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 11:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 505399 N 4453294
Decimal Degrees40.23006667, -74.93653333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 13.804', W 74° 56.192'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 13' 48.24" N, 74° 56' 11.52" W
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Area Code(s)215, 267
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 N State St, Newtown PA 18940, US
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