To offer a facility to Volusia County residents and visitors that provides an exhibit of New Smyrna Beach History and meeting space to conduct meetings, offer programs and events and to create a City Hall campus experience.
The New Smyrna Beach Historic District was placed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 26, 1990, and the 1929 weeping mortar building portion of the First Baptist Church of New Smyrna Beach is identified as one of the 313 contributing structures within the historic district. The New Smyrna Beach Historic Preservation Commission has designated the weeping mortar building as a local historic landmark and the City Commission approved this designation on January 24, 2017.
With that, the City intends to perform a full historic renovation of the facility to preserve many of the original building features, while also upgrading the interior finishes for use as a new chamber space to be jointly occupied by the New Smyrna Beach Museum during week day business hours to enhance the museums operational needs. The building interior will also be reconfigured to offer office space for City administrative needs. There will be a newly paved public parking lot constructed as well for this building and to support the growing need for downtown parking during local non-business hour events, etc.