Saturday, September 29, 2012

Launceston Gas Works 1930s Retort Building

The Launceston Gas Works complex is an impressive Industrial site that was the original supplier of gas to the city of Launceston.  The site dates back to the mid 1800s, but the landmark "Cook With Gas" retort building stands as the landmark building of the once bustling industrial site.  The 1930s building was once Launceston's primary source of gas supply, having been powered by coal. I love how the advertising "COOK WITH GAS" is still visible on the top of the building, highlighting the beginnings of mass advertising  (think of neon signage from the Art Deco & Post War periods).

Its great to see such a wonderful and tall industrial landmark still standing (albeit in need of restoration), and so close to the city center as well.  So many industrial sites are either demolished or just their chimney stacks left to stand.  This building is a visual reminder of the cities Industrial past (and that of many other Australian towns and cities).  There were plans a few years ago to turn the complex into residences but these plans never eventuated.  This year plans were lodged to convert the building into a restaurant/bar and commercial spaces.

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