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TAFE is lucky. Because our history goes all the way back to the first half of the 19th century, many of our Campus buildings are examples of the beautiful architectural styles that were characteristic of the time. Neoclassical, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Neo-Renaissance, the list is many and varied.
As a tribute to World Heritage Day, here are three TAFE NSW Campuses that boast architectural masterpieces.
Designed by prolific architect William Kemp, this building, located halfway down Newcastle's famous Hunter Street, is a fine example of the Federation Romanesque style that was popular in the late 19th century. It was completed in 1896 as the Newcastle School of Arts building combined with the 1895 Trades Hall building. Today it is Hunter TAFE's Newcastle Art School.
Turner Hall is one of the many jewels in the crown of Ultimo Campus in inner Sydney. Another of William Kemp's creations, the stately building is a great example of the Romanesque Revival style.
The grand architecture on display at South Western Sydney Institute's Liverpool Campus has a grim history. The building, designed by ex-Convict architect Francis Greenway, was originally constructed in 1830 as a hospital. From the middle of the 19th century right up till the early 1960s it became an asylum which was home to 900 destitute men who lived (and died) here in not very pleasant conditions.