Newcastle’s most iconic building recognised as state heritage

The Roundhouse, a well-known landmark building in Newcastle’s civic precinct, has been added to the State Heritage Register.

External view of the round Crystalbrook Kingsley Hotel, formerly the City Administration Centre (or Roundhouse), in Newcastle, built in the 20th Century international Modernism style of Brutalist design

Heritage NSW’s Executive Director, Sam Kidman, said that the former City Administration Centre – opened to much acclaim in 1977 – represented an important regional New South Wales expression of the 20th Century international Modernism style of Brutalist design.

The building was nominated for state heritage listing by Mr Brian Suters, who was part of the original local architectural design team of Wilson & Suters, working in collaboration with renowned Australian architectural practice Romberg and Boyd.

‘I am impressed at how the original construction and design has been conserved and celebrated, and how well the adapted building fits in with all its state heritage neighbours in this wonderful civic precinct,’ added Heritage Council of NSW Chair, Mr Frank Howarth.

The landmark building was recently purchased and renovated by the Crystalbrook Collection hotel portfolio.

‘The renovation of the former City Administration Centre into the Crystalbrook Kingsley hotel has revealed a highly successful adaptation of an historically important building,’ said Mr Howarth.

Crystalbrook Collection stated that the Crystalbrook Kingsley aims to celebrate the city’s past and future.

‘One of the group’s commitments to the hotel development was to celebrate what the building was, as well as what it is to become,’ Crystalbrook Kingsley’s General Manager, Mr Carl Taranto, said.

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