The Broce Ancestral House was built in 1937. The main intention in building the fortress-like mansion was for Don Florentino Broce and his family who were one of the richest and vastest land owners of the city.The children of Don Florentino were raised at the mansion and after the World War II, part of the east wing of the first floor was restructured.
The windows were removed and was cemented since it was rented by the Philippine National Bankand their vault was kept there. later in the 1960’s, the City Government rented the establishment and used it as the City Hall. During the late 70’s it was used as the City Court. Recently, the property is considered closed and unused but it still holds significance as one of the first built structures in the city and remain as a city attraction that holds so much history and value.
A fire broke and gutted the famous old city hall of San Carlos City located at corner V. Gustilo and Azcona Streets around 11:00 o’clock in the morning up to 12:39 in the afternoon last April 30, 2016.
The fire started in the house occupied by Broce family at the back annexed said building due to an oil lamp used by the family following hours of blackout.
The Bureau of Fire Protection estimated the damage caused by said fire at around P1.6M.