Guess The Place #220

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maxdance
maxdance Veteran Member • Posts: 6,854
Wellington Town Hall and Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, NZ.

HansAlbert wrote:

between Wellington Town Hall and Michael Fowler Centre ?

Correct Hans. To quote Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_Town_Hall

" In 1980 the Michael Fowler Centre was built immediately in front of the Town Hall's main entrance in anticipation of the older building's demolition. However the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (since renamed to Heritage New Zealand) persuaded the City Council to retain the Town Hall."

" The main auditorium has been rated one of the best in the world for acoustic quality. It has hosted numerous live performances (including The Beatles & The Rolling Stones)

" The Town Hall may have been a low maintenance priority of councils over the years. By 1973 during a concert (Kenny Rogers and The First Edition) their sound levels caused dust to begin to drift down over the stage. When their music hit a crescendo during the chorus of one piece (may have been Something's Burning), the stage ceiling collapsed on them, dropping pigeon bodies, empty and dead eggs, nesting material and plaster rubble and dust all over the stage and the band's equipment. The concert did continue, with black-dressed stage hands creeping around the stage sweeping up detritus, removing carcasses, and dusting the amplifiers, speaker cases, keyboards, and anything else covered with plaster dust."

" The Town Hall has one of the world's few remaining Edwardian pipe organs." "The organ was sent to the South Island Organ Company for restoration, and will be reinstalled when the earthquake strengthening work is complete."

" It has been closed to the public since the 2013 Seddon earthquake, and it is currently undergoing extensive strengthening work."

Latest update: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/wellington/125875126/wellington-town-hall-revamp-faces-many-hurdles-but-on-track-to-open-on-time

Over to you Hans.

Edit: Best view: https://www.google.com/maps/@-41.2893161,174.7777315,3a,90y,48.27h,90.95t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sA1wzvm_j16rP-SGgDUuylg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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