Melbourne’s State Library has officially opened to the public after a A$88.1m (US$60.2m) Vision 2020 redevelopment.
A grand reception was attended by many of Victoria State’s philanthropic and political powers in attendance including the State Premier Daniel Andrews.
The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall hosted the gala opening, and is a grand room built in 1856. Closed to the public for 16 years, it is now restored to its former glory perched above the Swanston Street library entrance.
Andrews told the audience: “Tonight we’re here in a tux … talking about the most visited public library in Australia … for that we should be very proud.”
The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall aims to become a premier gala event location, with restored original heritage paintwork, Ionic pillars and detailed architectural features.
“It has been an honour and privileged to produce this prestigious and important event for the State Library. We’re very proud to be their exclusive event partner, and showcase what Showtime Event Group do best, throw an awesome party!’ added Brad Dabbs, General Manager, Showtime Event Group.
The five-year restoration project has produced 11 unique venues within the library, all able to cater to any style of event, from conferences to large gala dinners.
“We’re very excited to be able to share these new spaces within the State Library as it quickly becomes the city’s premier events hub. Allowing us to create truly memorable event experiences in some of the most historic and beautiful venues that Melbourne, and indeed Australia has to offer,” said Troy Stasinowsky, Head of Business Development, Showtime Event Group, the library’s exclusive event partner.