Pretoria City Hall

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Pretoria City Hall
Pretoria Stadsaal
Pretoria City Hall as seen from Pretorius square.
Pretoria City Hall in 1988.
General information
Status Recently restored
Type City Hall
Architectural style Semi-Italian classical style[1]
Address Paul Kruger street
Town or city Pretoria
Country South Africa
Construction started 1931
Completed 1935
Owner City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
References
http://gopretoria.co.za/pretoria-city-hall
The City Hall in 1988
Close-up view of the portico

Pretoria City Hall is a large building in Pretoria city centre which was built in 1931 and inaugurated in 1935 in order to celebrate the city-status of Pretoria obtained in 1931.[2] It is located on the Paul Kruger Street south of Church Square and across the street from the Transvaal Museum.

History

In 1926 a competition was held to design the future city hall of Pretoria and the winning design was by F.G. McIntosh. Due to the economic difficulties of the then South African Republic, construction of the City Hall started in 1931 and was completed in 1935.[3]

The Hall was completed in the Semi-Italian classical style and a George Heys, the former owner of Melrose House donated the 32 tower bells found in the hall today.[4]

Pretorius Square

The Pretorius Square lies in front of the building including fountains and maintained gardens. Three statues of significant figures decorate the park;

Contemporary use

The hall serves as a venue for concerts and organized events including weddings. The main auditorium has a large stage and is used for classical music concerts and many other social events.[5]

Future use

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