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A proposal that a temporary Town ! Hall should be constructed on the ' Canterbury Hall site in Manchester Street will be placed before the ■ Christchurch City Council this eveni ins* bv the Mavor of the city (Dr 11. T. J. Thacker.M.P.). It is proposed lo call the building the Royal Assembly Hall. Sonic considerable time ago the Canterbury Hall block, which included His Majesty's Theatre and Alexandra Hall, was gulled by fire, but most of the brick walls were left standing, and the Foundations arc intact. It is stated that the foundations and the standing walls can be utilised in the construction of a building that can be got ready in time for it lo be used for the reception and entertainment of the Prince of Wales and his suite and the officers and men of H.M.S. Renown, in April. It is estimated thai some thousands of pounds can be saved by the use of the materials which stand on the site now merely in the form of a shell of what was once quite a large and attractive building. A Christchurch architect already has prepared plans for a building which, while utilising the existing material, will provide a hall that will accommodate 3000 dancers and 1500 to 2000 spectators, and a smaller hall (replacing, but larger than, Alexandra Hall), which can be used as a supper room for 1500 people at a time, and can also be used for dancing on special occasions, together with a receptionroom, a kitchen, a servery and other offices. When the Prince of Wales's visit is over, the building could be used as an administrative block for the City Council's staff, the smaller hall being converted into one large office, on the American principle, for the Town Clerk and all of his staff. A Christchurch builder has stated that he can guarantee to have the building ready within-two months. This proposal is the outcome of a conversation which Dr Thacker has had with Mr J. A. Frostick, charman of directors of the Canterbury Hall Company, Ltd. As a result of that conversation, Mr Frostick offered to let the cityi have the site and all the materials on it, at the share capital value, the purchase price to remain on mortgage for 10 years, at interest of 5 per cent, per annum. Dr Thacker prefers not to state the amount of money involved until he meets the City Council this evening. It is pointed out. however, that revenue from the letting of offices at present used bv the City Council would pay most "of the interest on the sum involved in the Canterbury Hall proposition. The area of the site, stated the Mayor to-day, is about an acre and one-eighth of an acre and onequarter. He points out that the citv could surrender a part of the land as the equivalent for the Provincial Council Chambers site, a previous Government having agreed to surrender the Provincial Council Chambers if the city would hand over an equivalent area of land for the erection of offices.

The Mayor also intends to rush on with the selection of a .site for a permanent Town Hall. He hopes that the Prince of Wales will he able to lay the foundation stone of a "Victory" Town Hall. Dr Thacker'addcd that the Christchurch Returned Soldiers' Association, through its secretary, had promised to assist in the movement toward the erection of a permanent Town Hall if the city would assist the association to get a Hall of Memories or another suitable memorial to the glorious dead.

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TEMPORARY TOWN HALL., Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1862, 2 February 1920

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TEMPORARY TOWN HALL. Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1862, 2 February 1920

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