Saturday 2 March 2013
Glebe Town Hall public opening: 10am-1pm
160 St Johns Road, Glebe
The late 19th century town hall will host information and heritage stalls and free gelato tastings, with entertainment by the Café at the Gate of Salvation choir, the Blue Tongue Brass Band’s Victorian-era tunes, and the roving St Louis Strollers.
There will also be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking ceremony and a talk by architect Peter Tonkin from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, who oversaw the restoration.
The opening will coincide with the inaugural Forest Lodge Village Fair: 10am-4pm
One lane of St Johns Road will be closed between Lodge and Forest streets for this ‘Meet the Locals’ fair at the Forest Lodge shopping hub.
Enjoy alfresco dining, explore local galleries, shops and services, while being entertained by a classical duo on violin and guitar (10am-1pm), as well as a bluegrass band (1pm-3pm).
Local eateries taking part include the Nag’s Head Hotel, Roxbury Hotel, Yuga Café, DigiCaf, Two Peas and Pain de Sucre.
Sydneysiders are also invited to step inside the heritage-listed Glebe Town Hall tomorrow to see how the City of Sydney has lovingly restored the building’s unique historical features.
The Glebe Town Hall grand opening on Saturday 2 March will put on show the results of an important transformative project – the first major upgrade in 132 years ago – as well as boost the building’s sustainability credentials.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said some exciting discoveries were uncovered during the restoration.
“The City’s restoration has transformed the building into an accessible and sustainable community venue with modern facilities, while also highlighting its unique heritage features,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This important facility will now be accessible to everyone, thanks to a new lift, ramp and street level entry.
“During the restoration, heritage experts uncovered 19th century sgraffito plaster carvings and these have been made an impressive feature of the hall once again.
“The elegant rooms of the hall have played host to social and civic events throughout Glebe’s history, from wartime balls and evening concerts, to debating clubs and political meetings.
“Now that this $6.8 million project is complete, the hall can once again be enjoyed by the community now and into the future.”
The two-year project rescued heritage features such as salt and water damage to the façade, restored the clock tower to working order and replaced roof tiles with Welsh slate to match the originals.
Accessibility has also been improved with a new street level entry on Lodge Street, a pram and wheelchair ramp from Mt Vernon Street and new access to The Lodge from the ground floor of the town hall.
A new lift services all floors and the southern foyer and features a glass façade embossed with a white flying fox artwork by design collective Collider.
New tenants include the Glebe Early Childhood Health Centre and other community-run organisations.
The improved building also provides the community with meeting rooms and hire spaces that can be used for art, workshops or dance classes, business and enterprise training, support groups and counselling or weddings and other parties.
Sustainable features include:
• Recycled and re-used materials;
• New fittings to reduce energy use;
• Natural light and ventilation to reduce demand for air-conditioning; and
• Rainwater collection for re-use in the bathrooms and garden.
Designed by Ambrose Thornley Junior, and built in two stages in 1880 and 1891, the building comprises the main town hall, council chambers and The Lodge – an erstwhile residence for the Town Clerk.
The complex, which is on the State Heritage Register, sits on one large block, with frontages on St Johns Road, Lodge and Mt Vernon streets.
The renovation has created two refuges for the Superb Fairy-Wren, in consultation with the Glebe Blue Wren Group.
For more information visit: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/development/cityimprovements/BuildingsAndFacilities/RestoringGlebeTownHall.asp
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