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Burnt Ruins of Town House on Dale Avenue enlarge

Burnt Ruins of Town House on Dale Avenue

At about six o'clock last Sunday morning, as Schooner Congress came into the inner harbor, her men discovered smoke proceeding from the Town Hall building. Hastily making the vessel fast, Capt. Warren and some of his crew ran up the street giving the alarm. The smoke had also been observed by Mr. Samuel O. Baldwin.... Upon coming into Warren Street, he heard a loud report, which was followed by a heavy volume of flame ...

The alarm now became general, and the fire department and a large concourse of citizens soon gathered. The sight presented was one of awful grandeur and sadness, and will not soon be forgotten.... It was clearly apparent that no early efforts could save the building from destruction, as the entire interior of the hall was one mass of seething flames ...

Cape Ann Advertiser, May 21, 1869


Artist: D. Jerome Elwell
Date of work: 1869
Medium: Oil on canvas
Accession number: 2211
Credit line: Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Harold Bell, 1980


    A selection of works by D. Jerome Elwell: