The Queen's Hall at Parliament House by Christine Smith

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FEATURED in Australian Capital Cities 25-01-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens @ 17mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f4, Shutter: 1/20

The Queen’s Hall can bee seen at Parliament House, which sits facing the intersection of Spring and Bourke Streets in Melbourne and has been the seat of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, since 1855 (except for the years 1901 to 1927, when it was occupied by the Parliament of Australia). It was between 1877 and 1879 that construction of The Grand Hall, now named The Queens Hall, and the Vestibule took place. These were built to fill up the space between the Chamber of Legislative Assembly and the Chamber of Legislative Council. A competition was held for a design for the building, and John Knight’s design won the first prize of £500,[citation needed] but was not used. The government architect, Charles Pasley, subsequently came up with a design of his own. Subsequent observers have suggested that he borrowed heavily from Leeds Town Hall, which even today is widely considered to be among the finest civic buildings in the world. The design was later modified by an architect in his office, Peter Kerr. Construction of the project was managed by John Knight who was also on Casley’s staff. The building is an example of Roman Revival architecture. In December 1855 construction began on the site in Spring Street, and the building was completed in stages between 1856 and 1929. The chambers for the Victorian Legislative Assembly and the Victorian Legislative Council were finished in 1856, at which time Bourke Street ran between the two chambers. The library was completed in 1860, and the Great Hall (now Queen’s Hall) and the vestibule in 1879. In the 1880s, at the height of the great boom fuelled by the Victorian Gold Rush, it was decided to add a classical colonnade and portico facing Spring St, which today gives the building its monumental character. This was completed in 1892. The north wing was completed in 1893 and refreshment rooms at the back of the building were added in 1929.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 3 years ago

    Super interior shot, nice work Christine …

  • Thanks for both your kind words and the fave Tom.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 3 years ago

    Great work. Excellent HDR.

  • So glad you like it Lucinda. Thanks for both your comment and fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 3 years ago

    Awesome shot Christine!!…excellent info, very interesting indeed.

  • Thanks once again Kate for such nice words and the fave. Hope you’re having a good year so far.

    – Christine Smith

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    ( To help us tidy up the group it would be appreciated if you could remove as many of your older works as possible – Thanks Audrey )
    If you have already done this THANK YOU

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanabout 3 years ago

    Great work Christine.

  • Thanks for both your comment and fave Tony. It’s much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 3 years ago

    this is wonderful!!!

  • Thank you for both your kind words and fave Guendalyn.

    – Christine Smith

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much Graham. You have made my day and I really appreciated the features.

    – Christine Smith

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 3 years ago

    This photo is eligible to be entered into the $20 challenge for January 2012 in the group Australian Capital Cities. Good luck!

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