The Townscape Heritage Initiative has helped restore a number of local properties to their former glory and many of these historic buildings open their doors to the public during annual heritage weekends. They include an old butter market, a Carmelite monastic house, the old Bull Hotel, Bron y Ffynnon (a Tudor townhouse), the churches of St Mary's and St Marcella's, chapels such as Capel Mawr, Pendref Chapel and Swan Lane Chapel. A figure from the past looming large over the town is Dr Evan Pierce, a 19th century medic. A 50-foot statue and memorial gardens in Vale Street are dedicated to his memory, and these are currently being renovated. Denbigh's state-of-the-art library in the town centre was once the County Hall, and dates back to the 16th century. Today it houses a wealth of books, computers and a gallery which hosts highly acclaimed art exhibitions. Spring 2005 saw the library becoming a base for BBC Wales’ pioneering, three-month community venture centred on Denbigh, helping put the town and district firmly on the map.