With some in period attire, locals celebrated the first public showcase of Atascadero’s restored city hall building Friday night during a special gala.
The fundraiser, called An Elegant Evening at the Rotunda, featured dinner, drinks, a silent auction and tours of the 1917 City
Administration Building that’s been closed since the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake.
The event, which cost $100 per person, was a benefit for the restoration project currently underway to fix the building’s four historic fountains. The fountains, which haven’t been used for decades, had been converted to planter boxes. The renovation is costing about $160,000.
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The city will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 for the official grand reopening of the building at 6500 Palma Ave. Free tours will also be offered.