The former town hall, currently the Museum of the Masovian Village in Sierpc - the Town Hall, Sierpc
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The former town hall, currently the Museum of the Masovian Village in Sierpc - the Town Hall

Sierpc

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The town hall is an example of Classicist public utility architecture from the 1st half of the 19th century in the Mazovian region.

History

The building of the Town Council in Sierpc probably existed already in the Middle Ages. However, there is no information about its appearance at that time. In the 16th century, another town hall was built. It survived until the mid-17th century. No earlier than one hundred years later, due to town zoning in the Kingdom of Poland, a decision was made to build the present building.

The Classicist town hall was built in 1837-1841. In 1844, a small tower with a clock and a lantern was erected. In the building, there were a police station, a town treasury, and the mayor’s office and private rooms. In the basement, there was a temporary custody.

The town hall was a seat of the municipal authorities for more than one hundred years (from 1841 to 1978, with a break between 1942-45). In 1978, a new building in Piastowskiej street was erected in order to house the Town Hall. A year later, the old building was handed over to the Museum of the Masovian Village. The interior was adapted as exhibition halls, storages, offices, and a museum library.

Description

The town hall is located in the centre of the town, on the south-western side of Kardynała Wyszyńskiego Square, a former market square.

The building is one-storey, made of brick, erected on a rectangular floor plan, on barrel-vaulted basements. The front façade is five-axial and rusticated, decorated with two cornices: one separating the storeys, and a crowning one. The entrance is located on the main axis. Over the entrance, there is a balcony with a cast iron balustrade. The building is covered with a gable roof. Over the roof, there is a wooden quadrangular clock tower clad in zinc-plated sheet metal; in front of it, there is a gable with a decorated crest. The entire body is topped with an openwork lantern.

After the building was handed over to the Museum of the Masovian Village, its interior was adapted as exhibition halls, storages, offices, and a museum library. By the 1990s, there was a bell in the tower; it has been replaced by an electronic mechanism.

The structure is open to the public from the outside; inside it can be viewed during the opening hours of the museum.

compiled by Bartłomiej Modrzewski, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Warszawa, 04-12-2015.

Bibliography

  • Katalog zabytków sztuki w Polsce, t. X: Województwo warszawskie, red. I. Galicka, H. Sygietyńska, z. 23: Powiat sierpecki, oprac. I. Galicka, H. Sygietyńska, inwent. D. Kaczmarzyk, Warszawa 1971.
  • Ratusz miejski w Sierpcu, Stary Sierpc, 7 marca 2009, dostęp: http://starysierpc.blog.onet.pl/2009/03/07/ratusz-miejski-w-sierpcu/, 3 grudnia 2015.
  • I. de Rosset, Ratusz. Sierpc [karta ewidencyjna], 1986.

General information

  • Type: town hall
  • Chronology: 1837 - 1841
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: pl. Kardynała Wyszyńskiego 1, Sierpc
  • Location: Voivodeship mazowieckie, district sierpecki, commune Sierpc (gm. miejska)
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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