International Day for Monuments and Sites celebrated cultural heritage and
renowned for the role adaptive reuse has played in supporting the protection
and preservation of historic heritage places, including in the area of tourism
Salamanca Warehouses through to Pumphouse Point, Tasmanians continue to show
initiative, creativity and passion, transforming under-utilised spaces into vibrant,
living places that strengthen our island identity.
many examples of adaptive reuse amongst the entries on the Tasmanian Heritage
Register. The practice has a long history itself, beginning with the
transformation of the Port Arthur penal settlement into the bustling town of
Carnarvon. The town traded heavily on visitors who came to gain an appreciation
and understanding of the area’s convict past. Tourism became so important to
the town, that in 1927 the original name of Port Arthur was reinstated.
Photo courtesy Tourism Tasmania. Copyright Tourism Tasmania.
of protecting and building on the stories of Tasmania’s historic past is often
an impetus for revitilisation. The transformation of Hobart’s 1830s-1840s Salamanca
Warehouses into an artistic hub began in the 1970s. The visionary group behind
the idea formed the Community and Art Centre Foundation. In 1976 the Tasmanian
Government purchased seven of the sandstone warehouses, leasing them to the
Foundation in return for repair and maintenance of the buildings. Now known as
the Salamanca Arts Centre, its creation has been pivotal to the growth of Salamanca
as a social and creative precinct for Hobart, and a must-see for visitors.
too has embraced its industrial past, converting former Inveresk Railway Yard
buildings into a second home for QVMAG, officially opened in 2001. The dramatic
contrast of the grey and rusting patina of the disused workshops with the
brightly coloured additions encourages visitors to explore the stories of the
past, alongside the intriguing new design and artworks.
One of the
state’s latest tourism initiatives in the heart of the Tasmanian World
Wilderness Area may be on a smaller scale, yet required the same level of
extraordinary vision. Opened in 2105, the Pumphouse Point eco-tourism hotel
began life as a five-storey building housing enormous water turbines to support
the state’s hydro electricity push. Projecting 900 feet into Lake St Clair, the
collision between wild natural scenery, industrial heritage and luxury
accommodation is rarely as striking as it is at Pumphouse Point.
Tasmanian Heritage Council is in the fortunate position of working with owners,
developers, architects and builders to support the sustainable use and
development of Tasmania’s rich and diverse historic heritage. It looks forward
to continuing this engagement to explore new and innovative ways of protecting
the past whilst helping bring Tasmania’s historic heritage to life.