Heritage

Heritage architectural features

The Horsham Town Hall is a two storey brick building in a Stripped Classical style with elements of the Streamlined Moderne and with impressive and intact Art Deco interiors. The building has a facade of textured face bricks, spandrels of Hawksbury sandstone between the metal-framed windows, and darker bricks used for decorative detailing. At the Wilson Street side of the building are the former municipal offices with the council chamber above (now the art gallery), and at the rear are the auditorium and supper room. The former office section has a symmetrical composition, with a central entrance distinguished by the use of Hawkesbury sandstone, surmounted by a balcony and decorated with the municipal coat of arms, with sandstone lamp stands on each side and a simple wrought iron fence across the front.

To the east of this main section is the entry to the town hall and an associated tenancy in a Streamlined Moderne style, with a curved corner, ornamental brickwork and banding and original light fittings.

The interior retains many notable original Art Deco features, including staircases with wrought iron and Queensland maple balustrades, terrazzo floors, plaster ceilings, doors of walnut veneer with vertical inlaid strips, and original light fittings. The impressive auditorium is largely intact, with a cantilevered balcony with original seating, an ornamental plaster ceiling, original suspended lights with opalescent glazing, and vertical metal-framed windows in the side walls with bracket lighting between. The entrance vestibule to the hall is in largely original condition, with a notable feature being the original Art Deco style ticket office

Courtesy Anthemion Consultancies

The Horsham Town Hall is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register in 2011.