Redding's Old City Hall Celebrates Centenial Anniversary
● By Brandi Barnett
100 Years and CountingJanuary 2007
By Teresa Wilson
Redding’s Old City Hall is celebrating its centennial anniversary. In celebration of the 100th anniversary, the Shasta County Arts Council will host a series of events throughout 2007. The activities are designed to highlight the rich history of Old City Hall and commemorate the monuments cultural impact on our community.
The two-story brick structure was built in 1907 to house the city offices, council chamber and police department. In an effort to restore the building to its original glory, the facility was redesigned in 1987 converting the space into a performing arts theater and gallery. It has become the central hub for the arts in Shasta County.
Old City Hall also hosts a video production studio, classroom and administrative offices for the Shasta County Arts Council staff who act as curators for the building.
“The Old City Hall remains an integral part of Redding’s cultural identity.Without Old City Hall, there would be no centralized arts resource for all of Shasta County,” said Gini Holmes, Executive Director of the Shasta County Arts Council.
Now considered a historical landmark, Old City Hall prominently holds its place in the national historic registry. The facility was designed by M.W.Herron and built completely of brick from the Redding Brick and Tile Company. Stately palm trees embellish the front entrance and, although they look out of place in Redding, have survived since they were planted in 1908. An enclosed courtyard offers a quiet place for gatherings or receptions. Near the front entrance, a 10-foot tall metal sculpture, titled, The Dancer, created by renowned artist, Brian Tedrick, playfully invites one in for a closer look.
Local artist exhibitions are held regularly in the gallery and paintings, pottery and other hand-made items can be purchased in the gallery shop. Ballet, ballroom dance and an abundance of concerts featuring local musicians are just a few of the activities offered in the classrooms and performance hall.
Community members can attend the Old City Hall Centennial kick-off celebration, Architectural Treasures Exhibition which features an in-depth view of Old City Halls architectural history. The exhibit will run January 10 through February 9 with a reception being held during the annual Cultural Cruise 100 Versions of Old City Hall on January 26 from 5-8 p.m.
In early spring, the arts council will host an invitational art exhibition entitled Creative Interpretations of Redding’s Historic Old City Hall. This exhibit will be held April 4 through May 5 with a reception during the special Mayor’s Celebration and Stuffed Shirt Art Auction on April 27 from 5-7 p.m.
Old City Hall is located at 1313Market Street in downtown Redding. For more information, please visit the Shasta County Arts Council web site at www.shastaartscouncil.org.