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Auckland Town Hall, Auckland

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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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  • At the top of Queen Street, the City Hall, that we not visit, but he was on the list of places we wanted to see. Again, beautiful architecture.
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  • Easy to see when visiting Aotea Square. The historic character building provides a nice backdrop for photos taken there. 
  • I visited the town hall to see the annual performance of Handel's Messiah. We were in row P of the circle. Our view of the stage was fine, but we wouldn't see most of the organ. When the crowd stood f...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great atmosphere
  • It is nice place for listen music
  • Great venue