In April 1991 the St Kilda Town Hall was engulfed in flames, with much of the historic building lost.
Since 1890, the William Pitt-designed building had hosted events of personal significance and civic pride. The hall – the heart of the building – with its polished timber floor and grand organ, had held music, dances and drama, lavish dinners, political rallies, sporting events including the 1956 Olympic Games, community vaccinations, formal ceremonies and community action. In 1994 the building reopened revealing the creative design of Ashton Raggart McDougall.
This event commemorates the fire and its aftermath, and celebrates ARM’s approach which traces the fire’s impact and the building’s history.
Stuart Harrison will host the conversation and will be joined by:
_Ian McDougall (Founding Director, ARM Architecture)
_Louisa Scott (Curator, City of Port Phillip)
_David Helms (Heritage Advisor, City of Port Phillip)
This online event commemorates the St Kilda Town Hall fire and its aftermath, and celebrates ARM’s approach which traces the fire’s impact and the building’s history.
Presented by City of Port Phillip and Open House Melbourne.
Images: Archival images of the old St Kilda Town Hall and photos of the fire damage, photos: courtesy of the Port Phillip City Collection, photographer unknown; ARM’s restoration of St Kilda Town Hall, photos: courtesy of ARM Architecture, photographer John Golling.
Architect: original building designed by William Pitt in 1890 and new building designed Ashton Raggart McDougall in 1994.
Time & Date
Thursday 9th December 2021
6pm – 7.30pm
FREE, no bookings required
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