Cranbrook City Hall, 1911

Until 1908, City business was conducted out of the now-extinct Provincial Government Building on Baker Street. 

When the time came to erect their own building, city officials chose brick over wood, to equal the many stately bank buildings in town already made of brick or stone. Local brick was used (125,000 of them), with the total cost of construction coming in at $15,000. In later years, two additions were built and the graceful spire on the roof was lopped off, leaving the building with an unfinished look. However, it has functioned as the home of local governance for more than a century. And for its first fifty years, prisoners were kept in the basement jail. 

Some of them died there and it has long been said that their ghosts wander the halls of the building.