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Last Chance to take a tour of the City Hall Restoration

05 October, 2012

Last chance to take a tour of the City Hall restoration
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging residents to grab the last chance to experience the $215 million City Hall restoration before the building reopens in early April next year.

The Lord Mayor said City Hall would open its doors for short 20-minute tours between 10am and 5pm on Saturday, 6 October as part of the Brisbane Open House 2012 event celebrating the city’s diverse architecture.

“Brisbane Open House will open up the best of our buildings, places and spaces to the public free of charge, in what is a great example of how we are creating an accessible and inclusive city,” Cr Quirk said.

“It’s been wonderful to see that more than 12,000 people have toured City Hall to witness the progress of the restoration since it began in January 2010.

“I encourage people to use this opportunity to hear about some of the innovative ways new technologies have been introduced into the heritage building, while returning it to its original 1920’s architectural design.”

Cr Quirk said the main auditorium with its new dome ceiling boasting 8,500 LED lights was one of the highlights.

“City Hall is one of 51 buildings opening its doors to the public for Brisbane Open House 2012,” he said.

“Council’s two other destinations opening their doors for this event are Brisbane Square and the Tower Mill on Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill.

“The Windmill Tower is the oldest convict-built structure surviving in Queensland and is also the oldest windmill tower left standing in the country, while Brisbane Square is home to one of Australia’s largest transport management centres, the Brisbane Metropolitan Transport Management Centre.”

City Hall restoration tours are limited. Some conditions of entry apply and bookings are essential by calling Council on 3403 8463.

For more information about Brisbane Open House 2012 visit www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

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