Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Devonport Maternity Hospital Letter to the Editor
My letter to the editor regarding the former Modernist designed Devonport Hospital was in today's Advocate Newspaper:
While it's vital the former Devonport hospital is cleaned up and secured, it's also vital that the building be reused in the future. It's an excellent example of modernist design and demonstrates Devonport's diverse range of architectural styles. Too many buildings are hastily demolished on the premise that they're damaged, ugly and/or a risk to public safety. The former Launceston General Hospital is another striking modernist building that was, until recently, vandalised and posed public health and safety risks. It has since been converted into luxury apartments. Why can't the Devonport City Council or the State Government be so bold as to purchase the site and redevelop it into housing or a mixed use facility?
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Join me (Thomas Ryan Photography) on a photographic project documenting Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism from the 1930's to the 1980's. The entire project gallery of 1000+ images and counting can be viewed on my website www.tryanphotos.com under art projects. I have been undertaking this project for over a decade.
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