Since the founding of the City in 1531, this building was allocated as the Town Hall or City Hall, and it is said that here is where"the authorities were brought together for that which was needed". The original building suffered damage several times, and in 1704 it was demolished and rebuilt with a graceful two-story archway. By 1897, a new project was commissioned to English architect Charles T.S. Hall who used an Elizabethan English design, with that work concluding in 1906. Noteworthy is the elegant courtyard with a double archway, the majestic marble staircase, the allegorical stained glass scenes of the city, and especially the great hall of Councils in a renaissance style which holds paintings by artist Henry Gutierrez. There is where the two royal credentials are housed: the one that gives the title of the City ‘Puebla de Los Angeles,’ and the other that gives it its own coat of arms. In the facade, a replica of the "San Jose Bell" can be seen, which was a gift from the then President of the Republic, Adolfo López Mateos, which is tolled every September 15, during the ceremony of the "Grito de Independencia". This building currently serves as City Hall.