Sunday, September 2, 2012

Heritage: saints be praised

From the Maitland Mercury report:
One of Maitland’s oldest churches and a historic home with links to the city’s strong Jewish heritage are the latest additions to the State Heritage Register.
St Peter’s Anglican Church, East Maitland, and Cintra House in Regent Street have been listed as items of state or local significance in the register.
“I am delighted that the highest level of heritage recognition is being given to these beautiful and significant local landmarks,” Heritage Minister and Maitland MP Robyn Parker said.
“St Peter’s is one of the finest examples in NSW of a sandstone church in the Victorian Academic Gothic style as interpreted by one of the leading architectural practices of the time, Cyril and Arthur Blacket, sons of Edmund Blacket (colonial architect).”
Ms Parker said the site had been continuously occupied for ecclesiastical purposes since 1829.
She said Cintra House was an outstanding example of late Victorian architecture in the Italianate town villa style.
“Along with its remarkable garden and stables, Cintra House has outstanding aesthetic quality, symbolic of the Hunter’s expansion prior to the growth of Newcastle,” Ms Parker said.

Full article by Emma Swain available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 31, 2012.