Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Historic Art Deco Buildings for sale at Willow Court

The front facade of Ward E, which is one of the buildings for sale by the local council

Several Art Deco Buildings as well as the oval grounds at the former Royal Derwent Hospital in New Norfolk are being put up for public tender by the local council. The Art Deco Buildings were built in the 1930s/early 1940s and form part of the former mental asylum complex which was Australia's oldest, operating from 1828 until it's closure in 2000. Since closing down some land has been sold to private developers. The Western side is under demolition and the historic Ward 7 and "Ha-Ha" yard have been demolished. The complex has around 60 buildings with some having been demolished, some waiting to be, whilst other buildings remain in an uncertain state due to vandalism and decay. The Oval Precinct Blocks have heritage regulations attached to them and are in a poor state.

Interesting concrete rear staircases of Ward E

An ariel view showing the wards and oval that are for tender

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Click here to see an ariel view of the entire Royal Derwent complex. To the extreme left of frame is Willow Court, and the buildings to the right are the Western buildings all built in the 1950s/60s and due for demolition.

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