Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Town Hall Tuesday

While I can't get out and about as normal to take photos, I do have this one from earlier days of my blog, Richmond Town Hall.

Council amalgamations saw the City of Richmond absorbed into the City of Yarra

The Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung are the traditional owners of the land and it was settled by white folk very early in Melbourne's history with its heavy industrial and polluting river flats, where my paternal grandfather grew up, its former slums now replaced often problematical high rise social housing, and its posh part on Richmond Hill. 

Many Vietnamese and other South East Asians live in the state government high rises and while they are seen mostly in Victoria Street, along with drug dealers operating openingly, local and visiting white people like us, all seem to coalesce and not bother each other.

Anyway Richmond Town Hall is not in Victoria Street but in Bridge Road, with two tram routes travelling along the very wide street past the town hall.

Wikipedia tells me that the original town hall was built in the 1890s in the Venetian Gothic Revival style (don't ask me) but in the 1930s was remodelled with Art Deco features. As you can see at the rear, some of the original remains.

It's quite a nice building and an appropriately important town hall.

Not so great but here is a photo in its earlier guise, followed by my photo taken a few years ago. If you click on my photo, it comes out at not a bad size. I wonder how many cameras ago I took the photo.


26 comments:

  1. What a fascinating building.
    Which ever camera it was, I am guessing that it wasn't a phone camera.

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    1. EC, I think about two cameras ago. Thank you.

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  2. We have Council elections coming up soon. I am focusing on the town hall for the first time in ages.

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    1. Hels, yes, must look at what is happening in Port Phillip. I guess you are Glen Eria. We must postal vote, I believe.

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  3. I like some art deco look. Have your family lived in Melbourne area. If I call my history that Australia was set up for penal colony.

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    1. Dora, yes, mostly Melbourne connected. The states of New South Wales and Tasmania were penal colonies but the rest are mostly free settlers, including Melbourne and our state Victoria.

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  4. That is a beautiful building front and back.
    Your camera at the time, the photo looks good.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Sometimes photos just work, regardless of what you are using.

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  5. The original was a nice looking building and the newer one is still rather good. I like the added portico to shade from the sun.

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    1. River, the portico really makes a statement, no doubt installed for councillors to be dropped off at the front door of the town hall.

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  6. I don't think they improved it. Another question of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

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    1. Cro, it would certainly interesting to see a good photo of the old building.

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  7. Even though the front view of this building has undergone a slight change in shape (Is it true that my vision?, If I see one please forgive),
    the shape of this building is magnificent and beautiful.

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    1. Himawan, quite a big change really. Thanks.

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  8. It has City Hall imprinted on the front of the portico in your photograph....I wonder when the name changed from Richmond Town Hall
    Personally I prefer the look in the drawing.

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    1. Cathy, I think it is like St Kilda City Hall where everyone referred to them as town halls. Rather grand in the old drawing, for sure.

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  9. Interesting to compare the two. There are a number of differences.

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    1. Marie, quite a lot of differences really. I wonder where the money came from? The infamous horse bookie John Wren?

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  10. Oh how I love seeing then and now photos Andrew. You know I'm a huge fan of Art Deco but in this case the original was more attractive.. that being said, if they had to renovate, Art Deco was the best way to go 😉

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    1. Yes Grace, very mixed feelings.

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  11. Our photo archives are a history of time, place and changing technology. Especially some of the early camera phones. I liked the original building better before the update.

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    1. Travel, thousands of photos and who will be interested or care?

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  12. I think I like the earlier version better. I wish people could respect older buildings of a different style rather than trying to turn them into something they're not!

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    1. Steve, the old building is certainly more what you would expect in such an old area.

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  13. Love getting the history of buildings. Thanks for sharing.
    YOU have a great day.

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