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Warkworth's grand old dame turns new page

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/02/2017

The only civic building in New Zealand constructed from hollow glazed blocks, Warkworth Town Hall, is about to reopen its doors after a two-and-a-half-year upgrade.

Dubbed the "grand old dame", the hall dates back more than a century and has a category one classification from Heritage New Zealand.

It was first opened in October 2011 and became a popular venue for couples to met on the dancefloor. In wartime, it was used for farewells, fundraisers and homecomings.

Architect Antony Matthews, who oversaw the $5.6 million restoration, says maintaining the hall's architectural and social history was paramount.

The building's materials were devised and patented by Tom Clark Snr, who built the hall, and the handmade blocks were a precursor to today's concrete blocks.

The reopening by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Rodney Local Board member Brenda Steele will be on Saturday.

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