Queen Hall at the State Library looks lovely

The refurbished #QueensHall at the #StateLibraryVictoria looks amazing, all that delicate plaster detail highlighted by pale paint, and the fabbo #fishscale #skylights reinstated; hard to believe it’s been 16 years since it closed (why I’m not sure) and what a change from the 1970s green and cream scheme – looks like it might even be more or less as it looked in 1866 (minus the lights) – it was built in 3 stages all matching (middle, south, north) and the photo from 1866 shows it was mostly pale, with patterned #friezes only in the places where they’ve been scraped back and revealed ! A nice #distressedlook. Another photo from c1900 shows the friezes already painted over. So there was always a lot more going on in the top half than the bottom.

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