The independence of the Masnou consistory, which started in 1812 due to the new legal status granted through the Cadiz Court’s new Spanish Constitution, was obtained in 1825.
Faced with the need to build a town hall, in 1844 Mayor Joan Rubis commissioned Miquel Garriga i Roca to design the project on lands that the Gaspar Malet family acquired in 1755.
To defray the costs of the works, a lenders commission and a neighbourhood council were created, although the Mareantes Trade Union provided the bulk of the capital.
The new building would house the public schools, the teacher’s lodging, a stable and the porter’s room. There was also a train ticket booth and, later, the telegraph office.
Prominent on the façade are the terracotta decorative elements, the two sculptures symbolising justice and abundance and the two reliefs that flank the front door representing the town’s main industries at that time:agriculture, including vineyards, and fishing.
Miquel Garriga i Roca (1808 –1888) was the first municipal architect and designed the new cemetery and the expansion of Masnou. He designed and oversaw construction of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (the opera house) in Barcelona and a plan for Barcelona’s Eixample district, which was done by Ildefons Cerdà in the end.