Brighton celebrates town hall’s centennial

PAUL SMITHS – The town of Brighton will be holding a 100th anniversary celebration for its town hall from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at the town hall property located at the intersection of state Route 86 and Jones Pond Road in Paul Smiths.

The town hall was designed and built in 1914 by Ben Muncil, a town resident who constructed many Great Camps in the area. A major figure in the architectural development of the Adirondack Great Camp style, Muncil’s many projects included Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Camp Topridge, Northbrook Lodge and White Pine Camp, known best for being the 1926 summer White House of President Calvin Coolidge.

Renovations were completed in 2011, transforming the town hall from years of neglect and restoring it to almost its original condition. The renovations honored the building’s history while bringing it into the 21st century, with improved infrastructure, insulation, wiring, plumbing, internet access, lighting and heating.

Many concerned citizens and local officials worked diligently for 10 years to raise private donations and obtain funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, Office of Historic Preservation, Office of the Governor and offices of Senate and Assembly members for the renovation project.

At this 100th anniversary milestone, town officials will celebrate their heritage, and the town hall that stands as a symbol for all current and past residents of Brighton.

Present and former residents of Brighton are welcome to join the celebration.