House Styles in Tasmania
Tasmania's isolation, small population and strong sense of community have all worked to preserve our built heritage. Tasmania has many rare examples of early colonial buildings of national significance. In the north are the World Heritage listed Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Historic Farm and Convict Village, while Clarendon is Australia's iconic colonial mansion.
Down south in Hobart, the Penitentiary Chapel is one of Australia's most important convict sites pre-dating Port Arthur. Nearby, the beautiful Theatre Royal is Australia's oldest working theatre and a perfect example of intimacy on a grand scale.
In both our major cities of Hobart and Launceston, you'll also find many fine examples of nineteenth and twentieth century architectural styles including Regency, Victorian and Edwardian.
For a taste of more recent history, the perfectly preserved former Hydro village of Tarraleah evokes life in the 1930s with beautifully crafted timber cabins and a stunning art deco lodge.
Wherever you travel in Tasmania, there's always a story to be found in the local architecture and plenty of places to enjoy our cultural heritage.
Oak Lodge is an historic house in the Georgian village of Richmond, South East Tasmania. Built between 1831 and 1842, Oak Lodge is a fine two-storey Georgian home originally built as a gentleman's town residence. The Lodge's first owner was Henry Buscombe - one of south east Tasmania's pioneering settlers and the brother of James Buscombe who built Richmond's Prospect House. Oak Lodge has been used as a rectory, school, and family home and was once the local doctor's surgery.
Franklin House was built by convicts and is located in northern Tasmania at Franklin Village, Launceston. Built by former convict and successful businessman Britton Jones, Franklin House is notable for its rich use of imported Australian Red Cedar. Extended to accommodate one of the colonies leading private schools which operated there from 1842 until 1866 the house finally became the birthplace of the National Trust in Tasmania in 1960. Franklin House survives with house, stables and garden. Nearby and also accessible is St James Church which was built in 1845 and has many associations with the House.
The St John's Anglican Church built in 1825, almost 20 years after Launceston was established, is a rare reminder of Tasmania's early history.
"It's the oldest building that they can positively date in Launceston."