This building was constructed from 1442-1443 and was originally the house of Leuvis Van Damme where he and his family resided. After the Great Fire of Grijzestad, the mayor moved in temporarily and then the King decided to sell it to the city for 20 gold Ducats. This elegant building was decorated with tapestries, paintings and other artifacts. During the French siege of the city in 1757-58, the building sustained heavy damage and had to be restored, taking nearly six years. During the German attack of 1941, Nazis took many paintings and other valuable items, many which made their way to Bavaria. After the war, Germany returned them in 1949.