An Interesting Part of Newcastle's CBD – Soon to be Sold!

Newcastle City Council are selling one of their assets.

Formerly the Newcastle School of Arts building; 182 Hunter Street is opposite the Urban Growth/GPT development site and also takes in both Wolfe and Scott Street frontages.

Listed as a heritage item of local significance, the site and the building have intrinsic links to Newcastle’s early history.

A study by EJE Heritage gives a timeline of the site stretching back to 1869 when a temporary weatherboard School of Arts reading room was erected on the site.

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The existing building on Hunter Street was opened in 1875. Designed by George Cox it was linked in 1886 to another building opening onto Wolfe Street, which was designed by Frederick Menkens and to yet another in 1905 built by Ernest Yeomans on Scott Street.  All three buildings have endured a metamorphosis over time to eventually become one single building.

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Over time there have been considerable changes to the buildings but according to EJE: ‘‘all three building retain sufficient structural and artistic integrity to justify the esteem in which they are widely held.’’

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A modern day photo shows the building is now redundant of a first floor balcony.

This interesting property is available for purchase through our agency.

Jason Morris
Commercial/Industrial Specialist

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