Friday, November 20, 2009

Coats Patons Administration Building

Coats Patons Administration Building in Launceston (originally Patons & Baldwinds Ltd) formed part of the massive industrial complex (producing textiles) originally for the British textile company, Patons & Baldwins. In it's height during the 1960s the mill employed around 2000 workers. What was once the largest working mill of its type in the Southern Hemisphere in the mid 20th century was no more by the late 1990s when it ceased operation and closed down.

This impressive Administrative center was recently adaptively converted into commercial offices. Before this the building stood empty with long grass growing all around. It possess many interesting features such as the brickwork, external lights and 2 flag poles. Another interesting feature not instantly noticble is the initials P&B on the second floor iron fence. Although the Administration Building is dominant, it is overshadowed by what has to be surely be one of the largest 2oth century factories in Tasmania. The Administration Building carries over the dominance of it's 'big brother' and is an important industrial/art deco building of Launceston and Tasmania.

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