Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Town Hall

Wakefield Street.
Wellington, Wellington
Mayor/architect Michael Fowler invited Miles Warren of Warren and Mahoney to replicate the Christchurch Town Hall which he did but with better acoustics. It was officially opened in 1983. In acknowledgment of his efforts in promoting its construction the new building was named after the Mayor.

There is extensive use of New Zealand native rimu timber, both in the assembly areas and the main auditorium. Gordon Crook designed the wall hangings in the Renouf Foyer.

Wellington's Old Town Hall, renown for its acoustics and built in 1902-04, was to have been demolished but has been justifiably retained. Its architect was Joshua Charlesworth whose competition winning classical Renaissance design was very similar to other Victorian-era town halls.

Although its wonderful interior survives, earthquake concerns led to the stripping of the exterior with the removal of the parapets, pediments and tower in 1934 and further modifications in 1943.

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  • Michael Fowler Centre
    Michael Fowler Centre
  • Wellington Town Hall
    Wellington Town Hall
  • Michael Fowler Centre seen from the Old Town Hall
    Michael Fowler Centre seen from the Old Town Hall
  • MFC - looking towards Cuba Street
    MFC - looking towards Cuba Street
  • Wellington Town Hall #2
    Wellington Town Hall #2
  • Banners by Gordon Crook
    Banners by Gordon Crook
  • Wall Panel by Gordon Crook
    Wall Panel by Gordon Crook
  • Wellington Town Hall
    Wellington Town Hall
  • Michael Fowler Centre acoustic ceiling
    Michael Fowler Centre acoustic ceiling
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