If you want to admire a shining example of Classical Victorian design dating back to 1873, make your way to Napier Street to behold the Fitzroy Town Hall. Available for hire and playing host to an array of events, this one-of-a-kind venue is worth a visit. You can also appreciate the building in all its glory at an intimate Candlelight concert featuring classical renditions of timeless compositions and contemporary hits.
If you’re based in Melbourne, you’ll be happy to hear that the civic building is only about a 15-minute drive from the city centre. You can also hop on the 207 bus from Melbourne Central/Lonsdale St or take the tram at Elizabeth St/Burke St.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Fitzroy Town Hall
1. Built in two stages
In the 19th century, Fitzroy’s town hall was constructed in two stages. Designed by W.L. Ellis, the hall wing and a tower were built in 1873. Between 1887 and 1890, it was extended to include new municipal offices, a library, court house and police station.
2. A symbol of prosperity
The enormity and impressive architecture boasted by this Fitzroy jewel came to symbolise Melbourne’s growth throughout the long boom which came before the 1890s. Every ornate detail and towering height reinvigorated the spirit of Melbourne during the Gold Rush years.
3. Several tenants
Not only is the old town hall home to the Reading Room, Ballroom, Mayor’s Room and Council Chamber, but it is also home to several tenants. The Fitzroy Legal Service, Australian Communities Foundation and the Print Council of Australia are all residing so to speak at the Fitzroy Town Hall.
One of the most sure-fire ways of getting to absorb the magic at this spectacular venue is by attending a captivating Candlelight concert. Picture yourself seated in the historic building, surrounded by hundreds of flickering candles, and listening to classical takes on music by the legendary likes of U2, Whitney Houston, and David Bowie.
What else can you do at Fitzroy Town Hall?
The Fitzory Town Hall is there to be used and enjoyed instead of sitting around as an old relic. Others use it for celebrating special occasions, even balls, as it was reformed in 2007 for some modern improvements. Changes included the addition of a lift, heating and cooling, and a commercial kitchen. Today, the hall is also used as secondary offices, a service centre and library servicing the Collingwood area for the City of Yarra.
As well as discovering the great venue, you can also explore its surrounding neighborhood. You’ll find independent shops, record bars, vintage clothing shops, art galleries, small pubs, the Spanish Quarter on Johnston Street.
Don’t miss out on a one-of-a-kind Candlelight concert in Melbourne. The popular series is also illuminating several other spectacular venues across the city. From smooth jazz to the best of Bollywood, there’s something for everyone.