At the rear of the attractive Old Campbelltown Courthouse, constructed in 1887, is a modern extension, built in 1991.
Surprisingly, most of it is brick (which is somewhat unusual for latter day public buildings) and it doesn’t look too bad.
The big challenge for the architect at the time was how to blend the charm of the original brick and stone Victorian style with the modern more functional brick format of the new extension.
They could have done much better!
Their uninspired choice of a crass, roofless portal – crudely constructed of reinforced concrete – outside the main entrance fails to blend the form of the new with the elegance of the old and they just look cheap and horrendous.
Please knock this grotesque concrete monstrosity of an entrance down!
I can guarantee that if it remains, then within a few short decades some “expert” will decide to list it on the heritage register as a unique example of 1990s architectural style!
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