The photo challenge this week is to share a photo that represents “…shapes and rhythms that make up the geometry of our world…”. This is not a very clear photo (it is taken on ‘htc’ mobile phone) so apologies for that but I love this building so much I wanted to share it with you.
The Hotel Charles is a beautiful (big white) building and was opened in July 2010. Prior to that time the building had been derelict, desolate and abandoned. Although it must be said, there were a number of homeless people who were using the building for safety and shelter at the time of the sale and were locked out or moved on quickly when it became apparent that asbestos was evident in many parts of the old dilapidated building.
This building was previously the Launceston General Hospital. A new site and building has been created across the road and was built in early 2000’s. Renovations and upgrades continue at the Charles and Franklin Street site with stage C of the hospital development nearing completion.
As always with renovation and change there are debates and disagreements. I wonder where those homeless people are now? Did they manage to keep warm during the winter months? Why did they paint it white? It makes me ponder on how we each cope with change during the transition stages.
You must agreed that the building is a delightful geometric vision!