Built in 1893 by Odön Lechner and Gyula Pártos, this delightful Art Nouveau structure is a must-see for aficionados of Lechner's later Budapest buildings: the former Post Office Savings Bank and the Applied Arts Museum. Like the buildings in the capital, Lechner's Kecskemét masterpiece is generously decorated with colorful Zsolnay majolica tiles. The council chamber (dísz terem) contains ceiling frescoes by the artist Bertalan Székely, whose work is on exhibit in Buda's National Gallery. If the building is closed when you arrive, admire it from the outside while you listen to the bells playing music by Kodály and others throughout the day (usually on the hour).
Just in front of the Town Hall is an odd monument: a stone broken in two to symbolize the heart attack suffered on that spot by József Katona, the beloved early-18th-century playwright and native son, who is recognized as the father of modern Hungarian drama. Katona is best known for Bánkbán, a play that was later put to music by Ferenc Erkel, becoming the first Hungarian opera.