Prize: 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards | Finalists
Perth, WA, Australia
The 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards have commended the complex of buildings that make up the Denmark District Hospital (1924), in honour of its restoration and preservation, under the category "Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place."
The conservation effort, chiefed by H+H Architects, will house the Denmark Community Resource Centre, the Denmark Arts Council, the Denmark Over 50s Association and a number of other community groups, bringing the community and area back to life.
"An exemplar of a community-driven project that has not only saved the hospital buildings from neglect but restored and adapted the site into a cohesive and vibrant community, arts and cultural precinct for the town. The Shire and the Denmark community are to be commended.
The Denmark District Hospital (fmr) is a complex of buildings with high cultural heritage significance that has contributed to the successful medical care of many generations of residents in Denmark and the surrounding region. It is an excellent example of a rural hospital that was very much inspired, constructed and maintained by community involvement.
Following the closure of the original hospital precinct, there was some community pressure to demolish the buildings, but the community rallied to save the buildings. It was decided that the former hospital buildings would be adapted into a cohesive and vibrant community, arts and cultural precinct for the town."
Other finalists in the same category included the Cronshaw Store (1938), in Bunbury, WA.
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