Wellington Town Hall, Wellington

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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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  • April 27, 2017
    Yellow display and look across the street from Town Hall passes in the main exhibition of the City Gallery Wellington say CINDY SHERMAN so spare, so I wrote is building earthquake-prone. Wellington have earthquake-proof construction here and there in the aftermath of last year's earthquake, may be part of it.
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  • March 30, 2017
    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 »
  • September 21, 2016
    Normal, no special 講 you Almost don't want to know he is the Town Hall, in ferry bian, calculations must go to the Te PaPa Museum Museum image: the passage, built over time to Council look good, because it's really not anything special.
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  • February 8, 2017
    Nice building and seen a few good concerts/shows here.
  • February 10, 2016
    awesome palce
  • May 11, 2016
    Another historical building of Wellington city.

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