Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Town Hall Tuesday

This was a surprise in a street I may have travelled along half a dozen time and I've never noticed Brunswick Town Hall. I was very impressed with its solid and elegant proportions, although at the side it have have ugly library extension. What were they thinking!

Like the Coburg Town Hall's location posted two weeks ago, City of Brunswick now falls under the the People's Republic of Moreland City of Moreland after 1990s local council amalgamations. It's now used as secondary council administrative offices.

It was constructed in 1876 and in 1973 the local council wanted to demolish the building and have it replaced by a modern building. The Brunswick Progress Association did not see this as progress and fought a winning to battle for the plan to be dropped. Had the plan proceeded, I expect the the seventies building would probably have been demolished by now.

It is a very nice building facing Sydney Road with a portico and balcony above. Sydney Road has several kilometres of shops and is such an interesting area where many cultures come together.

Side view from Dawson Street.


22 comments:

  1. It looks good. I am glad it was saved. Isn't it amazing how we can travel past something quite regularly and never 'see' it until something makes us 'sit up and take notice'. I am glad you did see (and photograph) this beauty.

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    1. EC, I wish I did see it in passing and notice but it was a deliberate trip to take photos of what I had not noticed in the past, but I do get your point about noticing things as you pass by and I have many times.

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  2. I am glad that some people had enough energy and cared enough to have that splendid Victorian building saved for posterity.

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    1. YP, the alternative is horrific to think about.

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  3. A pretty building.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  4. That's a magnificent clock too.

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    1. It is Cro, and the time was correct.

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  5. That's a nice building. I should take the camera next time I go to the city and photograph our Town Hall.

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    1. Do so River. I don't remember seeing your town hall.

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  6. Sydney Rd was, and is always fascinating. And not just because of the elegant portico and balcony. I love the shops and facilities for many cultures to come together.

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    1. Hels, cultures collide and mingle and while it not my part of Melbourne, it has my respect.

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  7. That's certainly no-holds-barred architecture! I wonder if the ornate design characteristic of that period was a kind of release for those otherwise reputedly repressed Victorians.

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  8. Kirk, by late Victorian standards it was not highly decorated, and not a wedding cake. While I like the way you thinking, it was more about public display of gold mining wealth that filtered to the area of greater Melbourne.

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  9. The 1970's were not a high point in public architecture

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    1. Travel, it certainly was not.

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  10. An impressive building and worth saving. The extension looks like a flat pack they just bolted on.

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