Restoration of the Footscray Town Hall portico

Published on 06 April 2018

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Work has commenced on the restoration of the portico of the Footscray Town Hall, a project supported by the Victorian Government. The works which include repairs to damage on the walls, ceilings, brick façade and tiled flooring is expected to be complete by August 2018.

Opened in 1936, the Footscray Town Hall is architecturally and aesthetically important as the only known example of the imposing American Romanesque style applied to a civic building in Victoria. Built after the depression, the building was considered extremely lavish and is today a prominent Footscray landmark.

The highly sophisticated external ornamentation demonstrates American design influence and includes Art Deco, Moderne, Celtic, Spanish and Medieval motifs. The faience work, particularly around the dominant entrance loggia is exceptionally fine.

While the works are taking place the formal front door and driveway to Footscray Town Hall will be inaccessible. Signage will be displayed and pedestrians will be encouraged to use the entry adjacent to the car park to access the building.

A word from the Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam:

“The Town Hall is an iconic part of our city and this restoration will involve careful conservation of the portico. We thank the Victorian Government for their support in delivering these urgent repairs.”

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