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View the draft Conservation Management Plan in its entirety. (94 pages)
Geelong Council is seeking public input into the draft Conservation Management Plan for Geelong's City Hall.
The Conservation Management Plan clarifies what is significant about the City Hall for consideration in the future management of this landmark building.
As the development of Council's new Civic Accommodation facility progresses over the next 2 years, options for the future use of City Hall will be explored by Council. The Conservation Management Plan will guide what changes can be made to the building without having a detrimental effect on the architectural and historical values which make it of heritage significance, whilst allowing for appropriate alterations or additions to accommodate sustainable and exciting new uses.
Your input is sought into the accuracy of the descriptive content, clarity and robustness of the management policies within the plan to ensure the heritage values of City Hall will be conserved for future generations.
Whilst the Plan has adopted the name used in the Victorian Heritage Register entry for this place - Geelong 'Town Hall' - this does not effect the management or importance of the 'City Hall' to our community.
View the draft Conservation Management Plan in its entirety. (94 pages)
View an extract from the Plan that summarises the assessed heritage significance of City Hall - the Statement of Significance. (5 pages plus 4 plans)
View an extract from the Plan that outlines the proposed Conservation Policies, the provisions that will ensure the significance of City Hall is conserved for future generations. (9 pages)
Architectural values - those ornate Classical Revival style facades along Gheringhap and Little Malop Streets and facing over Johnstone Park, which date from 1855 and 1917 construction phases, plus a small number of surviving interior features from these periods.
Historical values - having served as the seat of local government and venue for major community events since 1855.
The decisions on this are yet to be made by Council. When the new Civic Accommodation building is completed most administrative functions will relocate to the new building. The current intention is to continue using City Hall for Council meetings and events, however only a small part of City Hall will be required for this. Investigation of future use options has commenced and further engagement with the community as to the future of City Hall will occur the next 2 years.
The interior of City Hall has been extensively altered. Whilst a few significant interior features are to be retained, primarily within the 1855 wing adjoining Little Malop, most of the internal room arrangements and furnishings are non-significant and likely to be altered for new uses.
The western wing of the building, adjoining the Art Gallery, is a modern and/or altered structure of low significance other than the modern colonnade on Little Malop, with similar potential for alterations to suit new uses.
The landscaping around the perimeter of City Hall is of low significance and likely to be altered to suit new uses and potentially even building access arrangements over time.
The plan is intended to identify what is of heritage significance that will inform considerations in the design of future development and works. There are many other critical considerations and many development outcomes are possible - it is never the role of a Conservation Management Plan to lock in a preferred development.
A maintenance schedule has not been included as the building is highly maintained at the current time.
City Hall was designed in a classical revival style - which became popular during the C19th as English architecture started to replicate aspects of early Greek and Roman architecture as artists travelled the European continent in search of inspiration. The Plan describes the style as being predominantly influenced by the Renaissance Revival style, there are some differing views as to whether it might be more of a Greek or Roman Revival Styles - however there is such overlap between the three styles there will inevitably be differing interpretations, and as long as any new work complements the existing stylistic character then what that character is called is of little importance.
Have your say by filling out the form below or via email to [email protected] or by writing to David Scott, City of Greater Geelong, PO Box 104 Geelong VIC 3220. Submissions close Friday 17 July 2020.
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