Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Darlinghurst, National Art School

The National Art School is located on the site of the former Darlinghurst Gaol, in the eastern suburb of Darlinghurst. The walls of the prison were built by convicts in 1824 and work began on the prison buildings in 1835 in the Victorian Regency architectural style, which took 50 years to complete. It was used as a gaol (jail) from 1941 and was the main Sydney penitentiary up until 1914, when inmates were transferred to Long Bay, a new 'model prison' at Malabar. The New South Wales Department of Education adapted the buildings for use as the East Sydney Technical College in 1921 and by 2005 was solely occupied by the National Art School.


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    1. Cute re-use of perfectly fine, existing architecture, yes. Students always think they are prisoners anyhow, so basing the National Art School on the site of the old Darlinghurst Gaol is very appropriate :)

  2. Wonderful composition in your photography ~

    Wishing you peace in each day ~ ^_^

  3. What a journey,from confinement to creative liberation!

  4. Hello, an Art School is much better use than a prison. Great shot. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. I do like seeing heritage buildings find a new life, with a new purpose.

  6. Interesting building! There is a jail in Lorton, Virginia that has been repurposed as an arts center.

  7. Very interesting architecture here - a wonderful building!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-endless-variety-of-orchids.html

  8. Wow, I never would have guessed the building was that old. How interesting.

    Lisa @ LTTL

  9. Fantastic building full of history, Jim. Glad to see it being repurposed to good avail.
    Thanks for joining us on the Travel Tuesday meme, hope to see you there this week too.


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