South Hobart Centrepiece Reopens
Macquarie Street school in South Hobart has reopened as the South Hobart Living
Art Centre to resume its role as a centerpiece of the local community.
passionate group of individuals keen to keep the building in community hands received
assistance from local, state and Federal Governments to realise their vision.
The result is a new venture that continues the building’s rich history as an
education and social hub for the local community for more than 100 years.
Hobart Progress Association and everyone involved is to be congratulated for
recognizing and supporting the local community’s desire to have access
to the much-loved building. The soft approach utilised in the restoration has
revitalised the many beautiful spaces throughout the Gothic sandstone building
and its companion weatherboard hall.
It is a
perfect example of adaptive reuse supporting community values and
allowing ongoing community use through an economically sustainable model.
building is the second Macquarie Street state school to service the growing
needs of the South Hobart area. By the 1920s, the building was once again
proving too small. The Education Department constructed an infant school in
nearby Weld Street, with the Macquarie site continuing to host senior classes. Several
additions were made to the building in the 1930s to accommodate the every-growing
student numbers, and the needs of teachers. In 1942 the weatherboard physical
culture hall was constructed at the rear of the sandstone building.
1950s the Education Department was facing increasing pressure to build a new
primary school, and with the opening of a new school in Angelsea Street in 1963,
the Macquarie Street building was closed.
It remained in the ownership of the
Education Department, initially as part of its Library Scheme and from1969 to 2010 as an
adult education centre. It is in this last incarnation that many
Hobart residents remember the imposing Gothic sandstone building.