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Kingston City Hall shows off $600,000 facelift

20 June 2016

Kingston City Hall has undergone a major refurbishment to ensure the iconic building continues to play host to the community and continue its role as an Arts venue.

Built in 1963, the hall has undergone a sympathetic renovation in keeping with its original "mid-century" retro style by design Architect Emilio Fuscaldo from Nest architects. Timber has been used extensively in the foyer renovation and glass door panels on the northern wall connect the hall with the neighbouring Kingston Arts Centre.

The $600,000 project has included:

 foyer, box office and cafe upgrade

 replacement of the passenger lift

 improved access for people with disabilities

 upgrades to heating and cooling.

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said the renovations looked wonderful and the improvements made it a fitting addition to the Arts Precinct. She said Kingston City Hall was a focal point for community events including concerts, dances, markets, school performances and graduation ceremonies.

"This wonderful refurbishment has not only made the hall more accessible, it has given new life to a grand old building that hosts thousands of visitors each year," Cr Bearsley said.

The Hall houses a Wurlitzer theatre organ which is on the Victorian Heritage Register and is listed by the National Trust. It is used regularly for organ concerts.

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