Lomond Water pump house…

Lomond Water pump house

For reasons of economy small utility buildings could have been plain blocks of concrete especially in the miserable depression era of the 1930’s. But for reason only known to the managers of Lomand Water as it once was, they elected to build a small pump house that is a tiny art deco gem. The variation in the brick colours, the laying and cutting of the bricks, the proportions of the facade and the shape of the windows all go together to present a unique functionally crafted building in the style of the age in which it was built. On the front facade the only thing that spoils it is the addition of the roller door which while functional is totally out of context. The building is lacking a bit of TLC at this time and I sincerely hope this fact is not an excuse to demolish it.  That said the last few decades in Australia have been perhaps the worst in terms of preservation of our architectural heritage particularly in Western Australia where consistently in the 80’s and 90’s it was a case of  gut first and question reasons later. Fortunately Launceston avoided much of the mad scramble to demolish in the name of so called progress.

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