It was in 1855 when Marthinus Pretorius discovered Pretoria and in honour of the Voortrekker leader who also was his father Andries Pretorius he named this city. So to celebrate this history in 1931 this building was erected to honour this befitting status. As you approach this elegant building you are met by aromas and beautiful gardens and the un-excusable fountains of Pretorius Street.
Inside the largest hall in South Africa you’re always forgiven if you expect to find all the joys of the spirit behind these doors. However that is not far from what you do get inside this four walls.
The 32 tower bells donated hereby George Heys the former owner of Melrose House and the semi-Italian classical style is enough to grasp your attention. The foyer is armoured with large and bold paintings and beautiful stone floors.
In 1826 the victor of an Architectural competition saw his design being chosen to be used to erect this building and this was none other than FG McIntosh. But due to rising financial constraints it was only built in 1931 and inaugurated in 1935. Within the gardens of ‘City hall’ you come across three statues including that of Marthinus and Andries Pretorius. The 6.2 meter tall Bronze statue of Chief Tshwane was unveiled in 2006 and represents the acknowledgement of the Chief as the earliest settler in the area.
The main auditorium has a large stage and accommodates hundreds of people it is also suitable for social events and weddings. Within these walls they also contain beautiful offices and a remarkable kitchen. This building is like many others that holds and represent a very historic part and story about Pretoria… it is located on Paul Kruger Street South of church Square right across the street of the Transvaal Museum.
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Edited By: M.D.B