This photo of Margate’s City Hall, at 1 S. Washington Ave., was taken in the 1930s and illustrates a building designed in the image of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. It was dedicated in 1903, and despite expansion and renovation, it has stayed true to the original style. The Georgian building was constructed with a majestic multi-tiered spire on the peak of the roof. Unfortunately, the spire was so badly damaged during the Hurricane of 1944 that it had to be removed.
The building sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy and recently underwent historic renovation. Today, Historic City Hall is home to the Margate Historical Society Museum, as well as Margate’s Municipal Courtroom. The Fire Department’s Station #1 is attached to the Ventnor Avenue side of the building where it has stood for more than a century.
Museum visitors are welcome to browse though the old photos of Margate. The museum houses a collection of binders displaying photos, documents, newspaper clippings, etc. divided by subject: lifeguards, storms, bars and taverns, recreation, and so on. Visitors can’t help but exclaim, “I remember that!” as they stroll down Memory Lane.