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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7984, 13 August 1889
Notwithstanding that various alterations have been made in the plans of the Exhibition building, work in every connection is progressing satisfactorily. Directly in front of the main entrance, which consists of a lara3 door 18ft long, with four folding fhngcs, an ornamnnted verandah will extend from the right and left, and this will be surmounted by the portico, which also will be extensively ornamented. The main entrance hall will be 30ft by 36ft, and will have panelled ceiling, with four large arches and pilasters with numerous orrauentutions. From this entrance swill lead to the offices, which are all placed in the front part of the main building. On the right of the vestibulo arched doors will give entrance to passages which lead to the public office—the ticket room will bo directly accessible from the main entrance hall—waiting room, president's room, secretary's office, and manager's office, while passages for private use only will lead to the annexes immediately adjoining the main_ building. Close to the secretary's office will bo tho stationery office, a passage from which will lead to the postal and telegraphic rooms. On tho left of the vestibulo will bo placed another ticket office, a Press room, Committee's offices, and a room for tho use of the Board of Directors, while immediately adjoining the main building annexes will bo found tho police and Customs departments. Then from tho main entrance hall—which will bo lighted by two skylights, with ceiling and margin lights—a passago will lead to the cloak rooms on tho left, and directly opposite tho telegraph room, A large passage-way will conduct the visitor into the grand hall, where four largo arches will be placed. The interior of the dome will be extensively decorated with diamondshaped woodwork raised from the panelling which stretches up to the colored windows. The hall itself will be 55ft circular, and 35ft to the bottom of the panelling ; from that point to the base of the lantern will be fully 50ft, while the ornamental woodwork surrounding the latter will stretch much higher. The panel work will form a conspicuous part of the interior of the grand hall, and will extend to the bottom of tho raised woodwork, which will be on a level with the co • nices of the building at the junction of the latter with the dome. Passing through arches tho rockeries—two in number, and opposite each other—will bo reached, and a small man door will lead to the bottom of the turrets, which can bo utilised as small storerooms. From tho rockeries an arched passage leads to the fernery, which is advancing towards completion. The outside covering consists of tree-slabs fitting well together, and placed vertically. It is intended to varnish these and to ornament with moss, and it is anticipated that, viewed from the gardens, the exterior of the fernery will present a very pretty sight. Retracing one's steps to tho main hall, the larger annexes commence. These, as a matter of fact, are] finished, and are painted in light blue and brown. Tho offices only require distempering and the windows to be placed in position to be ready for occupation. That work has already been commenced, and is expected to be finished by the end of next week. Passing along the eastern annexes everything has been finished until the octagon is reached, and hero entrances on either side will lead to the gardens, at tho southern corners of which the aquariums will be placed. The All Nations court, which extends from the eastern to the western annexes, is finished on thenorthorn side, and the windows and galvanised iron will soon be placed in position. The southern portion of the annexes is as yet in an incomplete condition. Tho concert hall is rapidly assuming its proper shape, the uprights being all in position, while the ante-rooms have been commenced. Satisfactory progress is also being made with the art gallery. It is intended to close in the side-show ground with galvanised iron bheetiDg. Tho executive have expressed themselves well pleased at the advanced state of the building.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7984, 13 August 1889
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