Thursday, September 10, 2009
Rockdale Town Hall
A Rockdale landmark, the Rockdale Town Hall at 448 Princes Highway was designed by Douglas Babbington Gardiner and built in 1940 to replace the original hall (designed by William Kenwood) on the site. This was all part of a general road widening scheme for the Princes Highway at the time.
The building has simplified Art Deco details on the exterior which is similar to the Petersham Town Hall. The interior of the hall has elaborate art deco plaster details on the walls and ceiling. The building is associated with public events such as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
It is listed in the RAIA 20th Century Register Of Significant Buildings.
Clock tower detail
View of the auditorium
Auditorium ceiling light
Source NSW Heritage Database
More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.