Verona Civic Center
As the true center of town, the Verona Civic Center is both architecturally and historically significant. Conceived as a formal “square” off Bloomfield Avenue in 1923, the current-day Verona Civic Center includes H.B. Whitehorne School, the Verona Public Library, and Verona Town Hall housed within a scenic, park-like setting.
The traditional, Georgian Revival style of the buildings within the Verona Civic Center dates back to what was popular in American architecture: Although Verona was a new township, its roots extended back into the 18th century.
Completed in 1924, the Verona Civic Center’s formal plan tied in with the City Beautiful movement prevalent in early-20th-Century American architecture and planning that provided a true center of town. A bronze statue honoring Verona residents who served in World War I was constructed.
One of the highlights of the Verona Civic Center is the Verona Public Library, one of more than 25,000 libraries nationally funded through the Carnegie Corporation between 1883 and 1929. Although rising construction costs during World War I initially delayed plans, the Verona Public Library became part of the Verona Civic Center’s beautiful landscape.