Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Town Hall Tuesday

Tram 58 to Victoria Street, tram 57 to Errol Street, tram 57 to Union and Maribyrnong Roads, tram 82 to Moonee Ponds Junction, tram 59 to Abbotsford Street, tram 57 to Errol Street, tram 57 to Victoria Street, tram 58 home. All done in the name of two town halls photographed, plus coffee and a mural discovery.

This is Moonee Ponds Town Hall, at times known as Essendon Town Hall. It is a bit ordinary really and not a grand Victorian period building like the other town hall I photographed earlier. It is now a performance space. The original building was built in 1880 as Essendon Mechanics Institute and has been altered and extended since. It became Clocktower Centre in 2000 after significant renovations. It is within the City of Moonee Valley, formed after the amalgamation in the 1990s of City of Essendon and part of City of Keilor. 


There is pleasant space opposite the town hall from where I took the photo. The area looks quiet doesn't it? It is not. Behind me asewer of traffic moved slowly along and on the far side of the town hall another sewer of traffic slowly moved along. It is a complicated six way intersection with the through routed tram 59 and the terminating 82 tram, along with a large bus interchange. Even though it was early afternoon traffic was banked back around 800 metres along Mount Alexandra Road towards the city. It was nice travelling around in areas I am not so familiar with.

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  1. I can see exactly where the name ClockTower Centre came from. And you are right - it does look quiet. A new mural? I look forward to seeing it.

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    1. Thanks EC. The mural is nothing special but bright and colourful.

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  2. Around here, traffic banked 800 metres is a rare sight.
    The building is still nice to look at even without being a Grand Victorian.

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    1. River, it may well be reported on the news if your traffic was that bad. When you think of modern municipal buildings, a little plain as this one may be, it is far nicer.

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    2. Usually caused by an intersection car crash, thankfully those don't happen often.

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  3. The second photo is lovely and somewhere to sit and think. The Town Hall look ok I wonder what it looked like before the alterations.
    Does look quiet and you wouldn't think there was an ounce of traffic about.

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    1. Margaret, I really don't know what it looked like before. I think it has been the same for a long time now. Sadly that part in the middle of the other photo should be a fountain. I don't what happened to the fountain.

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  4. Living in small town I would of got confuse in no time flat.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, we normally stick to areas we know so what we normally experience is kind of small town.

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  5. It's a shame about the traffic and the noise, because that second picture does look inviting.

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    1. Kirk, at least the traffic was slow moving, so the noise wasn't bad. It is a nice space.

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  6. The Essendon Mechanics Institute had to be solid, free of frills, reliable and full of technical learning. So the building was perfect.

    But it was a bit ordinary for a town hall.

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    1. Hels, and weren't buildings in 1880s generally a bit on the plain side before the ornate and over decoration of the late Victorian period?

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  7. That was a lot of trams :) Is that a fountain with no fountain?

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    1. Sami, that is exactly what it is.

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  8. Is the clock tower itself part of the original building? At least amid all the traffic there's a nice little park and some greenery.

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    1. I really don't know Steve. The park area was very nice.

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  9. It does look serene. You'd never guess there's travel issues all around it by looking at the pic.
    Hope you are well.
    Be safe. Be healthy.

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    1. Fighting fit Sandra....for now.

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  10. It seems only fitting that it is now a performance space Andrew, I always think of Dame Edna Everidge whenever I hear Moonee Ponds 😉

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