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Memorial School of Arts

Item details

Name of item: Memorial School of Arts
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Monuments and Memorials
Category: War Memorial
Primary address: 306 Macquarie Street, Liverpool, NSW 2170
Local govt. area: Liverpool
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP119905
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
306 Macquarie StreetLiverpoolLiverpool  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The Memorial School of Arts demonstrates the development of a prominent institutional, recreational and educative facility in Liverpool. The site is associated with Major General Cox, L.J. Ashcroft and the World War 1 Veterans of Liverpool. The building is a fine example of a public building of its era, indicating a level of technical achievement and creativity in its design and construction. It is representative of a public building from the Inter-War era which exhibits the influence of the Colonial Revival style, now rare within the Liverpool area. It is aesthetically pleasing within the streetscape. There is the potential to gain more information on the site from further architectural, archaeological and documentary research
Date significance updated: 24 Aug 04
Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Division intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available.

Description

Physical description: The Memorial School of Arts is a two storey Inter-War Georgian Revival building. It is a well proportioned, symmetrical building with a hipped tiled roof and central single storey brick entrance portico. The walls are constructed of brick and feature facebrick finish to the lower level, and roughcast stucco relieved with facebrick quoins and window dressings on the first floor. The timber double hung windows are multi-paned - those on the ground floor being the tripartite Venetian type with the central portion emphasised with a semi-circular arched head supported on cement pilasters.

The internal decoration feature fibrous plaster ceilings to the main hall and principal rooms, a patterned cement floor and original timber staircase.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:24 Aug 04
Modifications and dates: Since its original construction the interior of the building has been modified for its various uses through the years. Since 1992 external signage has been added to the site included an interpretative plaque placed beside the main doorway, it reads:
"Built in 1924 as a memorial to World War One
Veterans, the School of Arts building is
an example of "Interwar Georgian Revival"
style architecture. Characteristic details
include the symmetric front fa├žade,
hipped roof, entrance portico and multi-
paned sash windows".

Other signs advertise the use of the building by the local radio station.
Current use: Various- local radio station and a community group use the premises
Former use: Various- Community Hall, School of Arts

History

Historical notes: The Liverpool Memorial School of Arts, was built in 1924 as a memorial to World War 1 veterans. Two foundation stones are set into the walls beneath the main front windows on the front elevation. Both were laid on the 5th April 1924. One was laid by Major General C.F. Cox, KCMG and the by Alderman L.J. Ashcroft, the Mayor of Liverpool at the time.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Developing civic infrastructure and amenity-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Inter-War Georgian Revival style architecture-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Public Hall-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups Memorial to First World War Veterans-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site demonstrates the development of a prominent institutional, recreational and educative facility in Liverpool.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The site is associated with Major General Cox and L.J. Ashcroft. It is also associated with the World War 1 Veterans of Liverpool.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The site is a fine example of a public building of its era, it indicates a level of technical achievement and creativity in its design and construction. It is aesthetically pleasing within the streetscape.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
There is the potential to gain more information on the site from further architectural, archaeological and documentary research.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
The style and design of the public building is now rare within the Liverpool area.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The site is representative of a public building from the Inter-War era which exhibits the influence of the Colonial Revival style.
Integrity/Intactness: Intact
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan 025125 Mar 94 0501331
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Liverpool Heritage Study1992LP0104Neustein & Associates  No
Liverpool Heritage Study Review20041970016FORM architects aust pty ltdCathy Fisher Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1970016


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