‘Gantry’ takes Marrickville Medal
The spectacular restoration of heritage listed ‘Gantry’ (pictured above) at 139-143 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, has taken out the 20th annual Marrickville Medal, with OCP Architects honoured for their work on the building. Gantry is quite a historically significant property, having once been the home of Fowler’s Pottery, which played a huge role in the commercial growth of colonial Sydney. Mayor of Marrickville Jo Haylen said that its expert restoration managed to “bring that history forward, and celebrate it with a modern twist.” The repetitive pattern of the building’s gabled parapets and semi-circular timber louvered vents (pictured) were deemed a positive contribution to the façade and to the suburb of Camperdown as a whole.
Supporting local sport
Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL was recognised for its support of local sporting activities recently, winning the Sport Award at the Clubs NSW’s Clubs & Community Awards, held on May 9th. The club’s chief executive officer, Dean Thomas, said they were honoured to be acknowledged for helping sustain local sporting clubs through the ClubGRANTS program, which donated over $200,000 to 20 local volunteer-based sporting organisations in 2013. “CHPRSL has always played an important role in the local community. We’re proud to be forging even deeper links within the community through these great initiatives, and there are plenty more to come,” he said.
A snapshot of Marrickville
The winners of the Marrickville Urban Photography Competition were also announced this month. Ben Togher took home 1st prize in the High School category for his shot ‘The Addison Road Alley’ and Jo Wallace won the adult category, while Warren Archer’s ‘Fire of the Soul’ photo claimed the Mayor’s Pick award. “Warren’s image – of bushfire smoke from the Blue Mountains engulfing St Nicholas Church, Marrickville – is both beautiful and terrifying. It captures how a catastrophic event like the fires can reach far and wide, and connect us all,” said Mayor Haylen.