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Bus Depot gets heritage listing

By johnboy - 29 October 2010 6

The Canberra Times informs us that Kingston’s Bus Depot that wasn’t a bus depot has achieved heritage listing and thus will be spared the untender mercies of property development.

The nine-year battle to conserve Kingston’s Old Bus Depot is over after the ACT’s heritage authority agreed to permanently list the historic structure.

A final decision by the ACT Heritage Council this week noted the significance of the 70-year-old building’s fully welded rigid steel portal frames and its historic value to early transport workers and their families.

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Bus Depot gets heritage listing
arescarti42 10:53 pm 29 Oct 10

“But in the face of fierce community debate, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope committed to undertaking community consultation before making a decision on the building’s fate.”

I guess there is a first for everything.

Thumper 6:29 pm 29 Oct 10

Excellent.

amarooresident3 5:36 pm 29 Oct 10

I like that we are able to preserve our industrial heritage. It doesn’t need to be beautiful to be worthy of preservation.

JC 5:21 pm 29 Oct 10

troll-sniffer said :

Yep, the citizens of the world’s great cities must be chuckling at the feeble heritage we insist on preserving. Can you imagine Rome, Florence, Paris London and the like if every last example of ugly but utilitarian architecture had been preserved because it represented a miniscule step in the advancement of structural evolution.

We all know FFS means, and this time it really is FFS.

You clearly haven’t been to or lived in London. If so you might be very surprised what is and isn’t considered to be of heritage value including as you put it butt ugly utilitarian architecture. Heritage and beauty are mutually exclusive and to be honest I think the bus depot is worthy of protecting.

housebound 4:24 pm 29 Oct 10

You get heritage by not demolishing everything because it’s not old yet.

Will the depot be worth anything in 100 years? We don’t really know, but at least we can find out now.

troll-sniffer 3:15 pm 29 Oct 10

Yep, the citizens of the world’s great cities must be chuckling at the feeble heritage we insist on preserving. Can you imagine Rome, Florence, Paris London and the like if every last example of ugly but utilitarian architecture had been preserved because it represented a miniscule step in the advancement of structural evolution.

We all know FFS means, and this time it really is FFS.

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