Town jewels

Town jewels

Town jewels

Our historic town halls are the pride of our neighbourhoods and centres for community activity. We’re investing more than $66 million to restore Redfern, Paddington, Glebe, Erskineville and Sydney Town Halls.

We are preserving the buildings’ heritage, improving their environmental sustainability and making them accessible for local communities.

Sydney Town Hall – the City has wrapped a special photographic mesh around the town hall to cover up scaffolding and ensure the building’s sandstone façade continues to preside over George Street during the project. Works includes restoring and cleaning the sandstone façade; replacing 26 cubic metres of stone; designing and installing new external lighting which will use approximately 50 per cent less power; and structural work to protect the clocktower and bells.


Paddington Town Hall – repair to the clocktower and to water-damaged paint, improved cooling and heating systems and work on the building’s structure.

Redfern and Erskineville Town Halls – facades have been repainted and repaired, we’ve installed new roof tiling and drainage, new electrical systems and completed internal repairs. Erskineville Town Hall will reopen this month.

Glebe Town Hall – (pictured) will reopen in March, after a $10.2 million restoration. Work included restoring the clocktower, rescuing heritage features from salt and water damage, installing accessible entry ramps, and highlighting features such as the polished cedar central staircase, marble fireplace mantels and pressed metal ceilings.

Last updated: Friday, 15 February 2013