Wellington Town Hall, Wellington

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Civic Center Convention Center
The Wellington Town Hall is a concert hall and part of the municipal complex in Wellington, New Zealand, which opened in December 1904. It is currently closed in anticipation of earthquake strengthening.HistoryThe foundation stone for the building was laid in 1901 and construction began the following year. It was officially opened on 7 December 1904.The Town Hall was originally fronted (on the Cuba Street side) with a Roman styled portico and a 150-foot clock tower. A clock was not installed in the tower until 1922, when John Blundell, owner of The Evening Post newspaper, donated one. In 1934 the tower was removed as a precaution following the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake, and the main portico, pediment, balustrade, parapet and bold cornice were also removed. The building was earthquake strengthened in 1943 following an earthquake the previous year. During the strengthening the Corinthian capitals on the exterior were replaced with Tuscan detailing.The Town Hall may have been a low maintenance priority of councils over the years. By 1973 during a concert, the stage ceiling collapsed on them, dropping pigeon bodies, empty and dead eggs, nesting material and plaster rubble and dust all over the stage and the band's equipment. The concert did continue, with black-dressed stage hands creeping around the stage sweeping up detritus, removing carcasses, and dusting the amplifiers, speaker cases, keyboards, and anything else covered with plaster dust. Shortly after, Wellington citizens began to call for an improved concert venue.
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  • Stands out among the newer buildings in the area. Great architecture. It was too bad that we our group was only passing through and did not have the time to go inside and do a bit of a wander.  more »
  • Snow and ice all over Wellington experienced after a very long time. It was a silver lining on a dark cloud for north island, for those of us who have not seen snow and ice for a long time.  more »
  • Wellington is a great place to walk around. There are so many beautiful buldings to look at and there are plenty of photo opportunities if you are interested.  more »
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  • Nice building and seen a few good concerts/shows here.
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  • Another historical building of Wellington city.