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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7964, 20 July 1889
Woik at the Exhibition building has advanced considerably during the last fortnight, and some particulars relating to the present state of the various contracts will be of interest. Entering the main portion of the building the offices of the management, to the right and left of the entrance, are sjcn to be partly finished, and are now awaiting covering on the sides adjoining tho grand hall. Owing to extra contracts—the flooring and main dome—No. 1 contract, which includes the main building, extending on each Bide to the commencement of the annexes proper, has been delayed somewhat in progression, but an extension of time has been granted to tho eontraetors, who are now making satisfactory headway. _ The transepts, six in number, and placed in front and behind the main entrance hall, are awaiting covering and completing in minor details. The girding of the main dome has been placed into position, and when completed the grand hall will extend without a break up to the top of the latter, which will be covered for half tho upward distance with iron sheets, and finished with patent woven glass of various colors, which will allow a subdued light to fall on the hall underneath. The foundation-stone has been transformed into a pedestal, standing in the centre of tho grand hall, and a statue or miniature fountain, will be placed there when the building operations are completed. To the right and left of the hali tho Government exhibits will be placed, and theso mcb.de tho Maori, South Sea Islands, Naval arid Military Courts, etc. The annexes merely require the windows fitted in and the boarding in some places to be completed ; but it is intended to place iron sheets on the sides failing the interior of the building. There has been an alteration made in the construction of the annexes, it being the intention of the management to erect four octagons —two on each side—to break the monotony of the long passage-ways, and theso circles will extend out some distance from the Bides of the building, with a circularspacoforexhibits, and a clear space for the convenience of visitors. The annexes will be woll lighted, each alternate bay having four windows at the top, while a complete line of windows, placed lower than where the roofing commences, encircles the building. The Fishpries Court stretches across in tho centro from the eastern and western annexes, and adjoining In >m the aquariums will be easily accessible from either court, main building, or annexes The upright heavy timbering of the court has been completed, but the covering has not yet been commenced. This will doubtless be started in a few days. The southern portion of the annexes are delayed in construction on account of the timber supplies being shorter than requirements ; but, as a large number of beams will be on the ground shortly, this work will also be in full swing in a day or two. The All Nations Court has not yet been commenced, the contract having yet to be let, but the plans have been prepared, and will be ready for inspection by the Commissioners at the beginning of next week. Passing from the annexes the Art Gallery will be reached. Particular attention has been paid to tho foundations, which will be constructed with cement footings, with railway irons laid longitudinally and crosswise, I so as to prevent any sinking of the building where the land is softer than usual. The cement to be used is of local manufacture, and has given every satisfaction. The whole gallery, containing six rooms, will be constructed of brick and iron, it being intended to make this a permanent building. The doors, even, will bo of iron, and the galleries be lighted from the top by windows placed at the top of the building. At each corner of the All Nations Court it is proposed to put a bar, ! while dividing the Art Gallery and concert I hall will be placed the large refreshment I rooms, kitchens, etc. The foundations of ! the concert hall are constructed similar to j those of the art gallery. The concert hall | will be capable of holding 400 performers I and an audience of 1,300, the stage being placed at the northern end, from which Borne 60ft will be built level, the remaining por« tion to be constructed tier upon tier. There will be two main entrances, and the anterooms will be built at the back and eastern side of this building. The art gallery will be completely isolated, and from it passages will run to the southern annexes, from which similar passages will lead to the side i shows and switchback railway. The timber used in the construction of the whole building is of the best quality, but some difficulty has been experienced by the contractors owing to the shortness of supplies, the large orders taxing the output of the various Southern mills to the utmost. _By the time the Exhibition is completed it is estimated that fully a million and a-half feet of timber will have been utilised, while some 300 tons of iron will have been used. The annexes alono use up 600,000 feet of timber and some 96 tons of iron. Speaking generally, considerable progress has been made in every department of the Exhibition, and, given fine weather, the contracts will all be completed in time for the fixed date of the opening ceremony—November 26.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7964, 20 July 1889
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