Architecture & Design

Modern image of the town hall's historical exterior, on a sunny day

Architecture and Design

Parramatta Town Hall was built in an architectural style used throughout Australia for various civic buildings, banks and theatres throughout the nineteenth century, known as ‘Victorian Free Classical.’ Blending architectural styles from a variety of European countries and historical periods, Town Hall drew inspiration from English country houses, French chateaus and Italian churches.

Image of town hall's decorative ornaments

The Sydney architectural firm, The Mansfield Brothers were selected for the design of the Council Chambers and Parramatta Town Hall. The Mansfield Brothers made significant contributions to the architectural landscape of NSW, designing many public and commercial buildings including the Redfern Town Hall and Abercrombie House in Bathurst, making them a fitting choice to design Parramatta’s new civic and community landmark.

Constructed as a two-storey building, Parramatta Town Hall incorporates Victorian Free Classical elements, with grand ceilings, stone foundations, walls of stuccoed brickwork and double-hung sash windows with deep mouldings under the sills along the primary façade.

Image of town hall's modern ceiling

Ushering in a new era, the significant and illustrious Parramatta Town Hall has been upgraded, with restoration and conservation works to restore original features, and enhancements to meet contemporary standards and expectations.

The extensive, adaptive reuse project included the addition of light-filled modern glass atrium that directly opens onto the vibrant Parramatta Square, and integration with PHIVE, Parramatta’s new community, cultural and civic hub.

The project led by City of Parramatta, drew on the design expertise of award-winning French Architect Manuelle Gautrand in partnership with Australian architecture firms Lacoste + Stevenson and DesignInc, along with heritage specialists TKD Architects and Australian construction group Built.

The works, totalling more than $30M, are a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to conserving our heritage and embracing a new and exciting phase for Parramatta Town Hall and our city.

Image of town hall's modern exterior shielding the original architecture