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City Hall
Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape

Robert ARCHIBALD: Architect

Type:Town Hall


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33°57'44.70" S 25°37'25.22" E Alt: 13m

(Harradine 1985)

Tower added 1883.

The Town Hall is a most excellent room, with good acoustic properties, and is capable of seating 1,200 people. In addition, the building contains the Offices of the Municipality and the Public Library, which latter, now in its forty-sixth year, has no less than 22,000 volumes. Total cost of the structure £26,000.

Ref: Photographs of South Africa comprising Representative Views etc.; The South African Photo-Publishing Company, Cape Town, 1894: pg 67

[Submitted by William MARTINSON, January 2011]

The building was gutted by fire in 1977, leading to an ambitious restoration programme.

(Picton-Seymour, 1989:104; Richardson, 2001:36)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.