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Auckland Town Hall, Auckland

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Architectural Building Landmark
The Auckland Town Hall is a historic building on Queen Street in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, known both for its original and ongoing use for administrative functions (such as Council meetings and hearings), as well as for its famed Great Hall and its separate Concert Chamber. The Town Hall and its surrounding context is highly protected as a 'Category A' heritage place in the city's district plan.HistoryBuildingOpened on 14 December 1911 by Lord Islington, then the Governor of New Zealand, the building is one of the most prominent heritage structures on Queen Street. Costing £126,000 to construct, it was designed by Melbourne architects, JJ & EJ Clarke, their Italian Renaissance Revival building selected from amongst 46 proposals. The five-storey building was specially designed to fit the wedge-shaped piece of land that had been acquired for it at the meeting of Queen Street and Grey Street in the 1870s. It bears a striking resemblance to the new Lambeth Town Hall at Brixton, London built around the same time. The town hall formed Auckland's first permanent seat of both administration and entertainment in the city's history, with its Great Hall (seating 1,673 people) modelled on the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and being considered as having among the finest acoustics in the world.
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  • We were in Aotea square and th town hall is just at one end. Lovely old building and seems to be very busy. Worth just having a nosy.  more »
  • Auckland Town Hall is a striking historical building along Queen Street in Aotea Square. The building is Italian Renaissance Revival style and was opened on 14 December 1911 by Lord Islington, the Gov...  more »
  • Easy to see when visiting Aotea Square. The historic character building provides a nice backdrop for photos taken there.  more »
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  • Not to bad for the concert we went to (Joe Bonamassa), good view from anywhere.
  • Historical building a place to visit.I attend the concerts held there.well maintained venue.You can hire rooms for meetings or private functions.They have lifts and ramps for easier access for the physically challenged.
  • it is nice place for citizenship ceremony.
  • Beautiful historic building - hosts awesome events
  • Heart of activity in the city center. Host to many events including citizenship ceremony and other activities. Very popular.