A timeline of significant dates in Public Square's history.
For a narrative of the square's history, see Public Square History.

1800 - First settlements in Watertown built on what is square's west side.
1805 - Public Square created.
1815 - John Paddock built square's first masonry building.
1825 - Harris House built.
1827 - American House built.
1838 - First Baptist Church built.
1843 - Streeter Block built.
1846 - First Baptist Church burns down, church rebuilt.
1848 - Norris Woodruff's first Iron Block built.
1849 - Fire destroys much of square.
1849 - Depression in center of square filled in.
1850 - Iron Block rebuilt.
1850 - Paddock Building built.
1850 - Paddock Arcade built.
1850 - American Building built.
1850 - Universalist Church built.
1851 - Woodruff House built.
1853 - Washington Hall built.
1853 - Railroad station built behind Woodruff House.
1853 - Gas lines and lamps installed.
1853 - Public Square Parks created.
1855 - First fountain erected.
1855 - Telegraph office opens in Arcade.
1857 - Abolitionist Frederick Douglass speaks at Washington Hall.
1860 - Hibbard and Cahill blocks built.
1870 - Current fountain installed.
1870 - Buck Building created from three smaller buildings.
1870 - Five building block on square's north side built.
1871 - Doolittle and Hall Block built.
1872 - FW Woolworth takes job at Smith and Moore's store in American Building.
1872 - Taggart Building built.
1872 - Ulysses S. Grant speaks from Woodruff House balcony.
1879 - Telephone lines installed.
1888 - Soldier and Sailor's Monument erected.
1895 - Smith (later Mohican) Building built.
1896 - First Baptist church torn down and rebuilt.
1896 - Public Square first paved.
1900 - Benadio Building built.
1906 - Harris House torn down.
1906 - Franklin Building built.
1907 - Universalist Church torn down.
1907 - LeRay Hotel (later Electric Building) built.
1907 - Wonderland Theater opens in LeRay Hotel.
1908 - Doolittle and Hall Block remodeled into Lincoln Building.
1911 - Washington Hall torn down.
1913 - YMCA built.
1913 - Streeter Block remodeled, renamed JB Wise Block.
1913 - Victoria Theater openes in JB Wise Block.
1919 - American Building demolished.
1919 - One half of Paddock Building demolished.
1920 - Woodruff House expands, renamed Hotel Woodruff.
1921 - Woolworth Building built.
1922 - Taggart Building burns down.
1924 - Commerce Building built.
1945 - VE Day celebrated on Public Square.
1953 - Little Trees car freshners invented in Electric Building.
1953 - Islands in center of square combined into one park.
1958 - JB Wise Block torn down.
1959 - Fountain statue vandalized.
1960 - Fountain statue restored.
1964 - Mohican Building torn down.
1965 - Railyard and depot behind Hotel Woodruff demolished.
1965 - JB Wise Parking Lot created.
1966 - Strauss Electric Building burns down.
1971 - Woolworth's Department Store moves to Arsenal Street.
1974 - Hotel Woodruff closes.
1976 - Hotel Woodruff demolished.
1982 - Electric Building torn down.
1984 - Public Square listed on National Register of Historic Places.
1991 - Henry Keep Apartments built.
1996 - Woodruff Professional Building built.
2002 - Fountain statue vandalized.
2005 - Three buildings in Iron Block demolished.
2006 - Streetscape Renovation Project begins.
2008 - Fountain statue restored.
2008 - Streetscape Project completed.
2011 - J.B. Wise Project completed.













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