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Published October 19th 2009
Take a peek inside Brisbane's power base and historically significant building, Brisbane City Hall, with a guided tour.
Brisbane City Hall is situated in King George Square right in the centre of the CBD. The location is easy for both parking and public transport.
Originally built between 1920 and 1930, Brisbane's City Hall is an impressive structure featuring an exterior tympanum sculpted by Brisbane artist Daphne Mayo, ornate auditoriums and a 92 metre high clock tower, which features an Italian Renaissance style design. Stepping onto the mosaic inlaid marble floor of the foyer, it is hard to believe that you are in a modern city. The building provides a sense of occasion and history which continues as you view the inlaid mosaic floor and move through into the impressive Main Auditorium with its copper domed roof and the Ithaca Auditorium.
The Main Auditorium is home to one of the best examples of pipe organs in the world. Built in 1892, the heritage listed Henry Willis and Sons (London) organ features 4,747 pipes. Originally housed at the Exhibition Hall at the RNA Showgrounds, the organ was moved to Brisbane City Hall in 1927. The circular room of the Main Auditorium features a polished wooden floor and the largest copper sky domed roof in Australia.
Other highlights of the tour include the opportunity to view the World War II Graffiti Wall where soldiers left messages prior to leaving our shores to fight and visiting the said to be haunted Red Cross Tea Rooms.
The tour is an opportunity to understand how Brisbane City Hall was built and the difficulties in undertaking refurbishment work which will commence in 2010.
Free guided one hour tours of Brisbane's City Hall take place on Saturdays between 10am and 11am and bookings are essential - phone 3403 8888