Monday, November 10, 2008

Brisbane City Town Hall - almost a ruin

Matches the ALP governments in each state, and now federally.

Brisbane City Hall was jerry built, I'm not blaming the current government, but I don't have time to check out who was in authority when it was built. (It was built during the depression I think. (Picture link information here.))

Concrete used in the iconic building was bolstered with charcoal, making it about 12 to 15 per cent of the strength used in modern high rises.
It is a beautiful buiding.

A caller on radio said that they should look at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney which was restored, renovated and refurbished years ago at a cost of $60M. It is now an icon in Sydney, and a really beautiful place to visit.

Can this be done in Brisbane for the Town Hall? Is it worth the $200M cost? Is it fair to charge the ratepayers another hit to restore the building? (Recent picture of Brisbane City Hall from Wiki.)


1735099 said...

"I don't have time to check out who was in authority when it was built."
In those days, a project of that size took a very long time. Construction began in 1920. Ted Theodore (ALP) was Premier from 1919 until 1925, and William Gillies took over the leadership early in 1929. William McCormack (also ALP) was in power during the construction, as was Arthur Moore (CPNP), who succeeded McCormack after the May 1929 state election. The CPNP was in power when the building was opened in 1930.
Perhaps the construction methods used have something to do with the rapidly declining state of the coffers as the country moved into depression.

Iain Hall said...

I think that it is a beautiful building that is probably in a better state than the city council claim because they are trying to soften up the public to demolish it.

kae said...

Hi 17, welcome.
I commented ages ago, but it looks like I closed the thing before I clicked to put it up.
Perhaps I should have said in "power" rather than who was in authority.

The depression would have explained some of the shorcuts.

Hi Iain, welcome to you, too.
I hope it isn't a "softening up", but why wouldn't it surprise me?
They'd probably build some nice, modern, steel and glass building...
Unless they're like Bankstown City Council in Sydney where, when the council building burnt down they turned the space into a park, named it after PJ Keating (arrggghhhhh), and now they lease space in other people's buildings.