Sunday, 20 December 2020

Auburn, St Joseph's Hospital

St Joseph's Hospital is located on the corner of Alice Street and Normanby Road, in the western suburb of Auburn. This heritage listed building was originally 'Duncraggan Hall', a residence designed by Harry Kent and built in 1876 in the Victorian Italianate style. The estate was sold to the Sisters of Charity in 1892 and became 'St. Josephs Sanitorium for Consumptives'. In 1903, 'St Josephs Hospital Two' was constructed on the land and the nuns occupied the building as their convent. It is now part of St Vincent’s Care Services.


  1. What an elegant building! Thanks for the shadow shot, Jim, and Merry Christmas!

  2. Hello Jim, what a beautiful building. Thanks for sharing the beautiful shadows in the garden. Have a great Christmas week. Jo

  3. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful place.. as soon as I get my blog up I'll be back to check this out further. Thanks!

  4. That's certainly ornate! Too ornate for me, but I do admire the craftsmanship.

  5. The Victorian Italianate style was beautiful then and according to your photo, still looks beautifully preserved now. Was that large central tower just decorative, or is the space useful?

    1. It looks like bell tower but I can't imagine a residence needing one, even an opulent one.

  6. Odd looking building with the central tower, not unpleasant though

  7. Nice looking bit tropical builing. Indeed very elegant.

  8. A beautiful old building. Glad to hear that it is still being used.

  9. A beautiful, very elegant building. The architecture is reminiscent of the Tuscan, Italian style. I also see Mauritanian elements from the Alhambra in Spain.

  10. Jim!
    May this Christmas bring smiles at your doorstep joy in your heart
    and love and togetherness of friends and family in your home.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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