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Carcoar School of Arts

Item details

Name of item: Carcoar School of Arts
Other name/s: Municipal Council Chambers
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Community Facilities
Category: School of Arts
Location: Lat: -33.6118207266 Long: 149.1405992790
Primary address: Icely Street, Carcoar, NSW 2791
Parish: Errol
County: Bathurst
Local govt. area: Blayney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Orange
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP910924
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Icely StreetCarcoarBlayneyErrolBathurstPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
School of Arts TrusteesCommunity Group 

Statement of significance:

The larger scale of buildings, common building line and a number of street trees in front of these buildings, create a group of significant importance. (Braddon 1983)
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Physical description: The Carcoar School of Arts is part of an Urban Conservation Area classified by the National Trust of Australia . It is a T - shaped building constructed from locally made muddy-grey bricks. It is in the Victorian Classical style of earlier buildings in Carcoar - the courthouse, railway station, hospital and C.B.C. Bank - but also displays a strong Federation period influence, particularly in its roof construction and use of multi-coloured windows. However, the dominant classical style is evidenced by its symmetry, central pediment, banded string courses and plastered bays.

The front two-storey section of the building contains a supper room, kitchen, dressing rooms, toilets and upstairs meeting room. The main body of the building, a single storey hall with stage, reflects the classical style of the exterior in its plastered detailing. (Bedford 1983)
Modifications and dates: 1983 - Works program consisting of external wall sealing, provision of damp coursing, plaster work to damaged walls, external drainage extension and painting.
Further information: Parramatta workshop (20/3/2002) suggest this site is not of high potential state significance
Current use: Community facility
Former use: Municipal Chambers


Historical notes: The School of Arts is the most recent of the public buildings built in Carcoar which reflect its former status as the second most populous town west of the Blue Mountains. In the past the building was used as the Municipal Council Chambers before being used as a community centre for functions and meetings. (Bedford 1983)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Whilst the most recent building in Carcoar, the building achieves harmony with other buildings of similar scale through detail and form. it is a significant feature of the historic buildings comprising the focal centre of the village. (Trustees & Blayney Shire Council 1983: 1)
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The previous uses of the building as Municipal Chambers and School of Arts endorses its community importance to the residents of Carcoar. This importance continues as it is the main community facility for functions, dances and social events. Trustees & Blayney Shire Council 1983: 1)
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0026602 Apr 99 27 
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0026609 Sep 83 75 

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Heritage Walking Tour View detail
WrittenEric Bedford1983Media Statement by the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning
WrittenHeritage Council of NSW NEP87 39
WrittenThe Trustees and the Blayney Shire Council1983National Estate Program 1920. Carcoar School of Arts Renovation Programmme
TourismTourism NSW2007Carcoar Historic Town And Walking Tour View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5000003
File number: EF14/4430; S90/5120; HC32945

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