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Former ‘St Patrick’s Orphanage’ and Grounds

Item details

Name of item: Former ‘St Patrick’s Orphanage’ and Grounds
Type of item: Built
Primary address: 20 The Boulevarde, Armidale, NSW 2350
Local govt. area: Armidale Regional
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
20 The BoulevardeArmidaleArmidale Regional  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Outstanding institutional building. A fine example of a Post-Federation Gothic style. A major local landmark which dominates views of Armidale's south hill. Main facade essentially intact.
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Designer/Maker: FJ Bishop
Builder/Maker: GF Nott
Construction years: 1919-
Physical description: Impressive vista to large institutional building, c1920. Elements of landscape remaining from about the 1930's. Long gravel drive. Brick piers and entrance gates. . Imposing complex set on a prominent hilltop site. Large Gothic style building of symmetrical design. Liver brick with cream brick and stone dressings. Two storeys with complex, steep pitched, iron roof, which is as high again. Projections on each side with gabled parapets. Long pavilions behind. Brick, double verandah between with three large arches up and down. Side, buttress-like walls, with long verandahs to pavilions behind. Arched openings to these walls, bricked up on one side. Lancet windows to projecting elevations. Central parapet gable above verandahs with white statue in niche. Unusual round turrets, with spires, to side gables and "buttresses". Detail includes decorative ridge capping and brickwork to windows, arches and spires. Front facade essentially intact. Verandahs enclosed at sides. Line of mature radiata pines beside drive (on the east), to 23m high, and hawthorn hedge (on west). Wall of brick around building as well as timber fence and woven wire gates. Two palms in front garden with statue. Remains of oval gravel drive at front. Important vista to southern sections of City could be further degraded by new subdivision. Grounds and setting becoming neglected. Materials: Face Brick, Corrugated Iron. Number of Stories: 2. Orientation: N. Style: Late Federation
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Condition: Good.
Modifications and dates: Under reconstruction (1991). Subdivision of land for housing, in front of the impressive built facade, has reduced the significance of the vistas to and from the City, to the north.
Further information: Grounds separately recorded. See landscape item L89 (reference number 3089).


Historical notes: Foundation stone laid in December, 1919 by Most Rev Michael Kelly, Archbishop of Sydney. Architect was FJ Bishop of Tamworth. Builder, GF Nott. Opened in 1921. Use as an orphanage has since ceased. Presently under reconstruction (1991). Period: 1891 - 1920.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAmend No.713730 Jul 93   
Heritage study 0137   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Armidale Heritage Study19900137Perumal Murphy Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  National Trust listing form Gilbert; An Armidale Album, p 182

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1010137

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