Historical Places

Village Hall - 411 Bratenahl Road

Plat No. 631-18-007
Shotwell House 1904
Shotwell House 1904

Arrison and Mary Shotwell acquired 5 acres from William Bresie on December 22, 1865. They later acquired an additional 10 acres from James Fitch on August 13, 1896.

Haskins Realty Company acquired the property from Elizabeth, Victoria and George Gooding, Austin Shotwell and Fremont Shotwell on June 2, 1902. On December 15, 1904, the Village Council took immediate steps to establish the Shotwell house as a town hall. Within a month they had rented, wallpapered and furnished the former home. The marshal was provided living quarters on the second floor as part of his compensation for law enforcement services.

In 1914, after years of leasing the property to the Village, Haskins Realty decided to place the property on the market and gave the Village the first opportunity to purchase whatever part they might need. In January 1915, councilman Britton introduced an ordinance to issue bonds to acquire the property for building and equipping a town hall. In addition, another ordinance was introduced to issue bonds for the purpose of acquiring lands for park purposes.

Village Hall 1918
Village Hall 1918

On June 4, 1915, the Village engineer proceeded with the leveling of ground to make a baseball diamond with bases and backstops.

In 1916, plans were prepared by architects P. E. Robinson and J. M. Miller for a new town hall. Requests for sealed bids for furnishing the necessary labor and materials for constructing and equipping the town hall were sent out in October.

A 2,600 square foot brick building was completed in 1918. The first floor contained the council chamber, clerk’s office, justice room and headquarters for the police department. The jail occupied the rear of the building. The second floor provided living accommodations for the custodian.

During the remainder of World War I, the Shotwell house was filled with 28 sewing machines and used as a center for sewing 193,541 surgical dressings, 12,159 garments, and 5,064 knitted articles.

The Shotwell house was entirely vacated in 1923. The Marshall disposed of all unused equipment and supplies belonging to the police department. Bids were solicited to raze the structure. In 1924, the mayor was empowered to have the old town hall torn down. A bid of $50 was received and approved by the council.