Sunday, January 10, 2010

Queen Victoria (QV) Maternity Hospital

The former QV Hospital in Launceston is a massive tower block and like many hospitals, additions have been added over the years. It was operational until its closure in 1993 when operations were moved to the Launceston General Hospital. The cream coloured building was designed in the 1930s, whilst the red brick tower in 1963. It's amazing to think that the red tower block only got 30 years of intended useage as a hospital. There is another large high-rise complex at the rear of the property that used to be Nurses Accommodation.

Most recently it was used as student accommodation for the University of Tasmania. The QV Tower block now houses a variety of different businesses. There are many notable 1960s features including the aluminum overhangs, small tile decorations and 2 massive sraircases at either end of the building. Much of the original period font writing still remains.

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