Ulumbarra  by golftragic

Ulumbarra

HM Prison, Sandhurst was built in 1860-61 along the lines of the Pentonville model although only two of the proposed five wings were actually constructed. The prison operated as such till 2006 in one form or another. A concerted community effort ensured the heritage-listed building was saved for the benefit of the Bendigo populace by the Ulumbarra (coming together) project. With a great deal of work and imagination the principal structures of the original gaol have been retained and tastefully blended with modern architecture to produce a magnificent arts centre.

For non-Aussies, Bendigo (pop c 50,000) was the epicentre of the nineteenth-century gold rushes and the city has an enviable legacy of architecture from those times.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-19/old-meets-new-as-sandhurst-gaol-becomes-ulumbarra-theatre/6022058
We both seem to have a fascination for prisons at the moment. They give me the creeps but I still photograph them. Must have been locked up in a previous life, ha ha
October 30th, 2018  
So long as you’re on the outside looking in - with keys in your hand!
October 30th, 2018  
It would be a fabulous place to visit, I really like the architecture :)
October 30th, 2018  
I thought at first sight that it was a converted church... a converted prison is super cool though. The B&W does justice to the architecture.
October 30th, 2018  
This is so interesting-like that you did b&w
October 30th, 2018  
That is certainly very appealing! Do they not have miscreants in Bendigo now? Pure and clean!
October 30th, 2018  
It seems remarkable that this was a prison up until 2006. It is much too lovely for such a use. The community deserves congratulations for what they have achieved. And I love your POV for the photo.
October 30th, 2018  
Like to see this sort of preservation, looks impressive
October 30th, 2018  
What an interesting history and a great way to repurpose a prison! The black and white image is really nice- brings out the beautiful textures on all that stone. And I find that tree on the right extremely fascinating!
October 31st, 2018  
@onewing Shall I start baking??? I find the old prisons, especially the Pentonville model ones, very interesting in several ways, historical, architectural, photographic etc, etc.
October 31st, 2018  
@hermann Yes it's quite fascinating, especially after having seen the old Geelong gaol which is pretty much as it was decommissioned in 1993.
October 31st, 2018  
@vignouse Thanks Richard, I have some decent indoor shots which I just haven't had a chance to look at properly. Life currently seems to be rather too busy for my liking. I like to linger over editing my photos if possible.
October 31st, 2018  
@samae Thanks, I thought it had to be b&w.
October 31st, 2018  
@maggiemae Oh they're all on the straight and narrow now - like heck. I guess there's a modern prison built somewhere, this one would've been pretty awful and antiquated, as was the old Geelong Gaol. There's a whopping big modern prison complex just out of town which has replaced it and Pentridge, the old Melbourne gaol. NB not the Old Melbourne Gaol which is now a museum.
October 31st, 2018  
@robz It's the modern bits that have made it lovely Rob, would've been pretty ordinary and antiquated before that. Marvellous transformation.
October 31st, 2018  
@golftragic I am okay as long as I am on the outside. It is the inside that gives me the creeps.
October 31st, 2018  
@olivetreeann I completely agree Ann, and a wonderful community asset to boot. I just hope the old Geelong Gaol (similar era) is given the same sympathetic treatment.
October 31st, 2018  
@joannakate Totally agree.
October 31st, 2018  
@onewing Some of those cells would give you the creeps all right, not to mention the gallows.
October 31st, 2018  
Looks great in b/w :)
October 31st, 2018  
What a beautiful building.
October 31st, 2018  
@gilbertwood Definitely. Although today's post is in sepia, still monotone.
November 1st, 2018  
@taffy It's a long time since I've been so impressed and just plain captivated by a building like this. The marriage of old and new, penal and play, stone and soft materials etc, etc is amazing. I have several photos I'm particularly keen on but haven't yet had time to edit them as I feel they call for. Life is crazy busy.
November 1st, 2018  
Very interesting link - good to see a completely different usage emerging
November 1st, 2018  
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