City of Port Phillip is a rich local council with a huge rate base and it shows in the services offered to the less fortunate, older people and support for the arts, along with a self sustainable public housing trust. Apart from the one suburb of Elwood, it has trams and buses and trains in all directions and you don't need a car to get about.
It is odd that it is called St Kilda City Hall, when we normally call them town halls. It has a large footprint at the corner of Carlisle Street and Brighton Road, with three tram routes passing by. The original building was finished in 1890 in the classic revival style, whatever that means.
As per the plaque, the portico was added in 1925.
In bronze for all to remember, the evil State Premier Jeff Kennett. The first mayor after democracy returned was the wonderful Art Deco aficionado Liana Thompson. Also listed as a councillor is the zany Dick Gross, our current mayor.
I am unsure of the 1939 additions.
The ceiling of the portico. There is a modern addition at the rear of the town hall where most council administration happens.
I think this huge tree is a
Moreton Bay Hill's Fig.
Don't worry. He is not really dead......well he could be, I suppose. The outlook to the very busy intersection of Brighton Road and Carlisle Street is broken by the trees.
I remember the fire and being extremely concerned that the town hall was lost.