A Richardsonian Romanesque landmark built in 1897, the Bay City City Hall had been in continuous use until a fire in 2010 caused extensive damage throughout the building.

Quinn Evans Architects, having previously designed the replacement of the terra cotta roof, center atrium skylight, and main entrance doors, supported the city in a comprehensive interior renovation and restoration including historic finishes in grand atrium and city commission chambers, custom Victorian light fixtures, and complete new HVAC system.


  • Renovated interior and restored fire-damaged historic building
  • Implemented new HVAC and life safety systems
  • Included 35,000 sf of administrative offices and a 180-foot-tall bell and clock tower
  • Originally built in 1897
  • Listed in National Register of Historic Places



  • 2015 Building Award, Michigan Historic Preservation Network


With the devastating 2010 attic fire resulting in smoke, fire, and water damage throughout the city hall building, Bay City was faced with extensive renovation challenges to repair the structure and meet code requirements. QEA led a multidiscipline team of consultants to restore the building, which included installing all-new building systems, reconfiguring four floors of offices, and adding new finishes and lighting. 


QEA has overseen the restoration of many historic highlights within the Bay City City Hall. The terra cotta tile roof and center atrium skylight have been replaced. The building’s missing wood doors at the front entrance have been carefully replicated to match historic drawings and photos. The decorative plaster ceiling in the historic council chambers has been restored, as have the decorative painting and metallic finishes on the central cast iron staircase. The historic light fixtures have been recreated in the public spaces and fitted with LED bulbs.  

“It’s a world-class building.”

Terry Moultane, Bay City Neighborhood Services Manager 

“...a wonder of convenience and adaption to public needs, unsurpassed in its conception, unequaled in its execution, a monument of the public spirit — characteristic of Bay City."

Hamilton Wright, Bay City Mayor, upon the City Hall opening in 1897