How Important is the Façade?

Did you know that while the town hall building was first built in 1915, the façade on the outside (facing Chapel and Perry Streets), is a replacement built in the 1950s after the original building was badly damaged in the 1942 Eketahuna earthquake.

In the forum below we want to hear your thoughts about the façade and whether you think it’s important to retain it or not. We’d also like to know if you would be willing to pay an extra cost to retain it on top of the current annual rate increase of $200 estimated for the development of a new centre.

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  • Raymond Baxter December 18, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Not at all.
    We do not need a Community Facility in the location of the current Town Hall, wrong side of Queen Street for easy pedestrian access from Queen Street.

    Knock the building down, sell the land to a developer and build a suitable facility elsewhere.

  • Carol W December 18, 2019 at 7:37 am

    I like to look of the façade, especially from the grassed area. Both compliment each other and the façade provides a link to the past with the surrounding buildings. Other buildings are changing why not keep this piece of history.

  • Bobby January 7, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    only old people care about the façade and they will be all be dead in a few years. they also never use the town hall and us young ones will be left paying for it until we are old. Sure it looks nice, but its not like Masterton will lose its identify if it gets knocked down.
    Knock it down and build a nice new building that we can all be proud of.

  • karl January 21, 2020 at 6:09 am

    With a total population of less than 50,000, the Wairarapa certainly does not need another Civic Centre.
    Just in recent years we were asked what we thought of having a combined Council for the Wairarapa valley.
    Surely we should set the example and support the Carterton Events Centre and encourage all major events to take place there. After all it is only a ten minute drive from Masterton . Carterton currently has the Hockey complex, Masterton the major Rugby/Soccer stadium and also the Netball courts. These facilities work really well and if Masterton were to spend a few million on expanding the Carterton Events Centre, the Wairarapa would be better off than if we spend tens of millions duplicating facilities that are already available within a ten minute drive.
    Knock over the old town hall, it has had is day.

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