The old City Hall – Dorohoi

The old City Hall of Dorohoi Municipality is currently an architectural monument with great local value (Code LMI – BT-II-m-B-01975), the building dating from the 19th century.

The story of this monument began in 1850 when the City Hall bought a house with only 6 rooms, located on Poștei Street, as it is now known. The prosecution, the tribunal and the court operated together in these six rooms. Two additional rooms, in which the City Hall officials conducted their work, were subsequently added and, since 1877, the City Hall has been occupying the entire building.

Dorohoi further passed through a prosperous period, in which modern buildings, paved streets, city parks, transformed from gardens in the perimeter of the city hall, as well as new schools, were added to the city landscape. These upgrades increased the importance and attractiveness of the city among the urban centers in Moldova.

Later, in 1901, the mayors of the time believed that the City Hall needed further upgrading. They wanted the City Hall to operate in a modern building, to be more spacious, to correspond to new requirements and to a higher volume of administrative tasks.

Thus, the headstone of the new headquarters, named Communal Palace, was set in mid 1903, having the engineer Inginio Vignali from Iași as architect. The building was completed in 1907, and included a carpentry and a blacksmith workshop, running on central heating. A year later, in 1908, the building went on electric lighting, which was still considered a luxury in many parts of the country at the time.

Nowadays, “Romanian soldier in attack“, an imposing monument, dedicated to the heroes of World War I, stands vigil in front of the palace. The building was recently restored, the original

architectural identity being well preserved, its impeccable appearance beautify the whole area. The palace invites you to cross its threshold and to listen to its stories about noblemen and mayors who modernized the town over a century ago.