Friday, 13 July 2012

In sympathy

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Here are two of the buildings in the Darlinghurst Gaol complex, which I bemoaned had not been sympathetically renovated over the years. It was first occupied in 1841, when only three of the buildings were complete: a men's cell block; a women's cell block; and the governor's residence.


The second photograph is of the National Art School Library, which is housed in what was, in earlier times, the gaol hospital. The third photograph is of the original 1841 Governor's residence. I do not mind the appearance of the library, just that it does not seem to be very authentic. I must go into the library and visit the Stairwell Gallery, as I think the stairs are very similar to the ones shown here yesterday.

6 comments:

Jim said...

Beautiful.

Margaret said...

These architectural styles are much more satisfying than the newer ones.
Margaret

Madge Bloom said...

Beautiful, love that second building...

Ann said...

I prefer the appearance of the Governor's residence to the Library, they could have made a better choice for the windows.

Julie said...

What I hope to do, in my copious free time, is go up the stairs of the library and take a photo (or seven) from the inside looking out. Perhaps, that is why they designed it this way. I'll see ...

Joan Elizabeth said...

It's great that these wonderful old buildings can find a modern purpose ... even if the renos are not sympathetic enough.