The lot, which the town hall occupies, used to be the site of the Vandort House, an 18th century manor. It burnt down in 1857 and everything was lost. That year, the city purchased the property with a plan to put their offices there. It took until 1878-1881 for the building to be built, which featured a distinct variation of the federal style with blue decorations. It is a National Monument since 1970.