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Completion of the Building 1 . Practically the last nail has boon driveu home into the structure which is to bold the multifarious collections that are to form the nucleus of TVanganui's Museum, and, knowing that it was on tha verge of complotion, we yesterday availed ourselves of an opportanity.kindly extended, of training details from Messrs Atkins (tha architect), and Drew (Curator), who went through tho building with us. and pointed out the yariou! foaturea. From the outsido the building presents quite a striking appearance, for, notwithstanding that corrugated iron is tho principal factor in tha construction, the usnally unpleasant impression caused by such an exterior has been completely avoidod by the aid of the painter's art, an undercoat of hematite having been nicely concealed with a ceatn covering picked out with red. The frontage is very effectively designed - a kind of 1 broken outline — and is surmounted by tho word " Mueoum " in large gilt lottors. Entering tho large outer doors, we fiuda pairof handsomofive-footswing doors, which, when opened, form a kind of vestibule. Entering from here, on the one side of the hall ia found a committee room, and on the other the Curator's private apartment. Then we pass into the hall proper, a clear open truss 60 feet in I"iigth, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet from floor to roof. Along each side are six separate ap&rtmonts, or bays, each lighted with a side window with top sashe<! hinged to open inwards and protected by floe wire dust screens, a splendid arranot-mont for ventilation and one which at thn same time will ensure perfect safety fur the various exhibits which will bo exposed in tho sub-divisions. While on tho subject of ventilation, we must congratulate the authorities on the success they have achieved in this respect, especially with regard to the three 18-inch torpedo ventilators which hare been let in on tho rojf ridgs We understand tho arrangement is most perfect Lighting, that great essential in institutions of this naturo, has been thesubjoct of much thought, with the result that the disposition of the windows and skylights, all of which are constructed of ground glass, throws fv beautifully diffused light into every crevice of tho building, whilst in tho evening three eight-light stars h.avo boen nrrnngod for an equally good and appropriate nffoot. Of course the hall and sulo rooms are also woll provided for in this respect. Tho whole of tho timber inside is of picked rimu, finiahod olf with krotting and ogg-shell gloss, tha main frnnio-\rurk being brought out in artistic relief, whilo the floor is, well, almost lileo a solid piece, so faithfully has it beon constructed. Without; doubt, our townspooplo may he honestly proud of their btost acquisition, and wo doubt not that they will show their duo appreciation in a practical manner. Naturally someone nvistbo credited with the happy result arrived at, and when wo point to Mr Atkins as the architect', wo think we have found the moving spirit. As is well known, Messrs Artlur and Abram wero tho contractors', to whom wai ontrustod tho work of construction, and l.ha very highest praiso ia duo to them f>r their work. The commonU oi' tho i;enfc'omon who yoatorday iaspoulod tho almclura wero move than complimontiry, tho universal opinion boin^ that down to tho most minute do'ail thrro had '.wra oxorcisod the utmost f.iilliFulinsa. In a passing conversation with the amhitect, wo VoiO infoimnd that tho ecaflVildiug used iv tho work of finishing tho interior was ono of tho moi-l compiui and boacarranypd Le had scon iv tho colony. Tho sub-contractors under Mossrs Arthur an.l Abram wflrp,fortho pniaUns^and glazing, Messrs It. and E. Tingoy, to tho quality of whoso workmanship wo hivo .alreadr reforro'l, and Mr D. Gellatlny, who 'md ohflrge of tha plumbing, and who has po successfully arranged a system of ventilation hitherto unsurpassed in Wanganui. Wo must not omit, beforo wo leavo tho precincU of the building, to give that praise which is due to Mr Noble Beasley, tho Oaolor, under wboso charge th« prison gang have 30 ably clfcarod and prepared the site. Mr Beasley has takon more than an ordinary interest in tho developinert of this institution, and hia interest has resnlted in much practical benefit to the Museum Committee in the furtherance of their object,

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WANGANUI PUBLIC MUSEUM., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11821, 14 June 1893

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WANGANUI PUBLIC MUSEUM. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11821, 14 June 1893