On the evening of 8 May a large crowd attended Marrickville Town Hall to celebrate the 19th award of the highly prized Marrickville Medal. Since 1995 the Medal has recognised outstanding built conservation works and each year we are treated to a showcase of the outcomes of the commitment, investment and hard work of people who have preserved, rebuilt or restored their buildings.
Marrickville Mayor Victor Macri presided and Master of Ceremonies MHS President Geoff Ostling kept the evening moving in style. The judges—conservation architect Julie Mackenzie, architect and historian Bob Irving, also a MHS member, and Michael Kotis, on behalf of the 2012 Medal winner—had an unenviable task: 13 nominations, all of outstanding merit.
The Medal was awarded to a charming 19th century stone cottage in Collins Street Tempe, the result of painstaking restoration and sympathetic new works to ensure its ongoing career as a comfortable modern lifestyle home.
Also nominated were: five other fine houses including Wilga Street Dulwich Hill (Commended); the former Majestic Roller Rink/cinema at Petersham (Highly Commended); St Peters Anglican Church Cooks River (Commended); the former Marrickville police station; Marrickville Town Hall; and redevelopments for apartments of the former Enmore Public School (Highly Commended), the Stead House & Bethesda Hospital site, and a Camperdown industrial site.
Collins Street Tempe
(courtesy of Marrickville Council)
** This article appeared in the June 2013 issue of the Member’s Newsletter edited by Richard Blair