Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Town Hall Tuesday

You don't get off the train at Heidelberg train station to see Heidelberg Town Hall. You alight at Ivanhoe. Gosh, the two dimensional Google map made it look like it was a flat walk to the town hall in Upper Heidelberg Road. It was not. I took a couple of 'photo stops', one at this handsome and very well maintained former church.

For a couple of months in 2017 we regularly caught the Hurstbridge train to see Hippie Niece when she was confined in hospital before the birth of her twin daughters. 


This photo from a distance to capture the portico.


The town hall was built in 1937 and after council amalgamation it  is now under the auspices of the City of Banyule. It really is a very large building and hard to photograph. The clock showed the correct time, which always impresses me.


One of our Brother Friends used to work in a menswear shop near where I am but I don't really know where it was. Good city views but very bad traffic. No trams in Ivanhoe. 

I walked down a very quiet lane back to the station. I had a few minutes before the train arrival so I looked in the local park and gosh, is this an ugly sculpture or what.

25 comments:

  1. Those two dimensional maps can be very deceptive.
    I think I like the sculpture (and would like it more without the tagging). Maternal?
    A public clock which is right? Not a happening thing here. Many of ours fall into the right twice a day category.

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    1. EC, clocks of late I have seen lately do tell the right time but it is not always the case. Good that you like the sculpture.

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  2. I believe that the sculpture is called "Andrew Watching a Scary Film".

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    1. YP, that could well be the case.

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  3. Heidelburg, Ivanhoe, Banyule--an interesting collection of names. I'll have to send you a photo of the town hall of Danville, OH nest time we go there.

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    1. Please do Cynthia. I am always interested to learn about foreign places, hehe.

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  4. Is that sculpture on an old tree trunk? It doesn't enhance it.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. It is part of the tree, carved from the dead wood.

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    2. It is WWW.

      Quite correct River.

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  5. I like that ugly sculpture!
    I used to live close to Heidelberg, in Watsonia, it's where my youngest learned to walk. I remember walking from there to a large shopping centre, but can't remember the name of it. Green-something? Back in 1981-2.
    Lovely photo of the Church.

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    1. River, I'll dig it up and send it to you. Greensborough? Greenvale? The former I would think.

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  6. That 'sculpture' is lucky not to have been either added-to, or burned-down.

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    1. Cro, added to a bit with the tagging.

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  7. I don't like the pale coloured, brick town hall in Heidelberg, especially in comparison to the truly beautiful late 19th century-early 20th century you have shown before.

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    1. I agree Hels, but we must explore just to be sure what architecture we really like.

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  8. Beautiful town hall and I often wonder why they were built so large - probably to have offices of many public departments.
    That isn't the best sculpture I've seen.

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    1. Margaret, this town hall is extraordinarily large and I don't know why. I don't think the City of Heidelberg was particularly large.

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  9. Darling Andrew,

    Gosh, this Town Hall is of monumental proportions. Rather more like a cathedral than a centre of public administration. Is it trying to tell its local residents something? Perhaps local taxpayers should demand a downsizing to save funds for other public projects?

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    1. JayLa, you may be pleased to know within is a ballroom and large performance space which is normal times would see lots of use.

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  10. The sculpture looks a wee bit like a creature from Lord of the Rings Andrew 😉 A Town Hall clock that is correct, well there's a thing! Loved the Town Hall, the right timeframe for a touch of Art Deco 💜

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    1. Grace, generally town hall clocks are correct but of course I can't say the same for other public clocks.

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  11. Yeah, the sculpture is not my fave. The graffiti tag doesn't help!

    That town hall is very deco, isn't it? What is the church building used for now?

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    1. Steve, the sign at the front says Visual Arts and Hospitality, a good use for a church I think.

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  12. ian white3:13 pm

    do you know what the church is now used for?

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    1. Ian, see the reply above. Beyond that I don't know.

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