Durban City Hall
Built in 1901, Durban City Hall was built to accommodate the seaside town’s growing city centre. Designed by architect Stanley Hudson, it has a distinctly dramatic style reminiscent of Edwardian Neo-baroque. The detailed roof’s design is reminiscent of Renaissance architecture and filled with statues of warriors, lions, and noblewomen. The detailed columns and pillars give it a sense of grandeur as it stands tall over the heart of the city centre next to the iconic Royal Hotel in the CBD. Within the gilded dome are wooden polished floors, marble pillars, ornate iron balustrades and detailed arches. The City Hall has a municipal chamber, an auditorium, the Durban Art Gallery, the Natural Science Museum, and a public library and the venue is often used for festivals and events.