Wednesday 5 June 2024

Darlington, factory

This heritage listed former factory is bounded by Lawson Street, Abercrombie Street, Ivy Street, Wilson Street and Ivy Lane, in the inner city suburb of Darlington. It was built in 1883 in the Federation style as a boot factory for McMurtrie, Kellermann & Co and in the 1920s converted to a gas meter manufacturing works for Parkinson and Cowan. In 1964, the building was purchased by Nedor Holdings for manufacturing handbags. During the 1990s, the building was occupied by the Australia Council. In 2002 it was redeveloped for use as residential apartments and offices and is now known as The Foundry. A different view can be seen here.
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  1. Beautiful facade and interesting history.

  2. Quite an interesting facade. What could look rather plain at first has some architectural "tweaks" that pique interest!
    Thanks for sharing at

  3. What an interesting facade. I bet those bricks have a story to tell.

  4. Was a large factory suitable for residential apartments and offices? Was a lot of internal rebuilding required?

    1. I'd say there was a lot of development work internally for the office and residential space.

  5. Glad the building evolved into something to be used and didn't go into ruins.

  6. Nice to see this building being used. I like the architecture. Thank you for linking up.


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