Henty House is a rare example of Brutalist architecture in Launceston, and the battle for it to be heritage listed is being taken to the State planning tribunal. See the newspaper story here
My response to the the newspaper story:
"Mayor Albert van Zetten shouldn't bandy about his personal opinions about Henty House when he says "I find it difficult to understand how Henty House adds to the heritage of our beautiful city" (Examiner 20th February) Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and buildings that are heritage listed are assessed on a wide range or criteria. I am intrigued to know how Mayor van Zetten would assess "beauty". Henty House and the Civic Square precinct form part of a rich social history that contribute greatly to the city of Launceston. Henty House stands as a rare example of Brutalist architecture in Tasmania that when built centralised public services that were once spread all over the city There are wonderful period sculptures and other Modernist buildings that make the precinct a delight and in-tact example of 20th Century Modernism. Sorry Mayor, but our heritage is more than just what one deems as "beautiful" If we are to have an informed debate then such simplistic value laden comments shouldn't be bandied about"
I recently wrote a feature story and provided my photographs for a story on the history of Henty House and the Civic Square precinct that if forms for the new national publication "Australian Modern" Check it out here A photographic essay on Henty House I have done can be viewed here: