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Maryborough City Hall, 388 Kent St, Maryborough, QLD, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (22/06/1993)
Place ID 8781
Place File No 4/02/111/0021
Statement of Significance
The Maryborough City Hall is of architectural significance as an unusual early example of the Interwar Georgian Revival style (Criterion B.2). It is a prominent element in the streetscape of Kent Street (Criterion F.1). It is a rare regional example of the work of the prominent Queensland architect Robin Dods and a creative example of the use of the Georgian style (Criteria F.1 and H.1).
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Description
This building is unusual as an early example in Australia of the American Georgian Style. With its Classical temple front and clock tower, it is more like American Colonial, than other examples derived from the Australian Colonial. Other typical elements of the style are the multipaned windows, face brickwork and rendered details. The clock tower was not part of the original design and replaced a lantern, however the later tower addition is in keeping with the style of the building and does not detract from Robin Dods's original design. Dods was a prominent Queensland architect noted for his reinterpretation of the Queensland house. There are few known examples of large regional buildings designed by Dods which are as accomplished as this building. A similar and later example in the Interwar Georgian revival style is the Newcastle Club (c 1920), designed whilst Dods was working for Spain and Cosh. The entrance foyer of the building is flanked by a divided staircase serving a small mezzanine and external balconies on each side of the entrance door. The main hall on the entry axis has a large stage with Classical details including Corinthian columns and an ogival arched proscenium. The ceiling is a barrel vault decorated with coffered plaster details.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
The building is in reasonably good condition. The interior and exterior of the building are reasonably intact, although it has been extended on the western side and the clocktower added. (assessed in 1988)
Location
388 Kent Street, Maryborough.
Bibliography
LUND, NEVILLE HENRY. THE LIFE AND WORK OF ROBIN S DODS, B ARCH,
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, 1954.

Report Produced  Sat Aug 23 10:31:24 2014