City of Sydney Council celebrates opening of Glebe Town Hall
Mar 10, 2013 @ 09:36 PM | By marktb

Community > Events | Glebe, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Having attended the Glebe Town Hall official opening on Saturday, March 2, 2013, I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the event. This event was a celebration on the completion of the extensive renovations made to this historic building, allowing members of the public to see the restorations and additions that were made. A notice of this event was posted on the City of Sydney Council's twitter page and I saw it as a great chance to not only see the Glebe Town Hall (for the first time) but also as a chance to see more of Glebe, a suburb which I haven't seen very much of until now.

Despite threatening clouds and persistent rain, it did not stop the large crowds of people attending and enjoying this important event in the building's history. This event was well organised, running for 3 hours from 10am to 1pm. Continuous crowds of people entered through the magnificent front doors and joined in the event, which included a traditional Aboriginal cleansing ceremony, musical performances by bands in both the Chambers Hall and Main Hall upstairs. A warm welcoming speech was made by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore greeting visitors, who then made their way throughout the building admiring the various renovations and the historical features.

The Glebe Town Hall is almost 134 years old and has many original features which have been beautifully restored. Features of the Town Hall include soaring ornate plaster and timber panelled ceilings, detailed timber joinery, impressively detailed staircases, attractive lead-light windows and numerous marble mantels with tiled hearths. The various new additions have been done respecting the building's old architecture, enhancing and blending in with the original features of the building. The south entry at the rear of the Town Hall has been cleverly enclosed using glass allowing plenty of light, with an effective use of timbers on the ceilings, walls and around the elevator located at the center of the room.

As it was still raining at the end of the event many people disappeared into various coffee shops and hotels seeking shelter from the rain. I decided to visit the Nag's Head Hotel, located opposite the Town Hall on the corner of St. John's Road and Lodge Street. I found the hotel to be very pleasant with good service and I enjoyed a bowl of fries, Guinness and a cappuccino.

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