Saturday, November 21, 2009

Industrial Seaport Buildings Bite The Dust

As cities and towns develop and change, so too does its architecture. The former wool sheds (pictured) in Launceston are part of a large maritime complex that was formed part of the old industrial trading port in Launceston. A walk around the precinct feels more like an industrial wasteland than a vibrant and busy industrial area as it once would have been. The Council has been buying up properties along the river over the past few years in order to create a flood levy barricade to stop a once in a hundred year flooding of the neighboring suburbs and city. As I write most many industrial sheds have disappered, including a wonderful little shed dating back from the 1950s. Many buildings have already been demolished, and the woolsheds (pictured) built on a grand scale have demolition notices pegged up on them. Whilst the notices do not directly relate to the woolsheds, their future remains uncertain as they are empty and vandalized. A walk onto the riverfront is more like a trap into rusting machinery and an overgrown blackberry den. Glimpses of old cruise boats can be seen amongst the mess, with seagulls making the large derelict cruisers their home. The Wheat Silos (pictured) are still full of wheat that must be years old, and just imagine the wonderful apartments they would make...after the area was decontaminated and cleaned up of course.....!

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