Vaulted Ceiling, Winthrop Hall Foyer, The University of Western Australia


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Vaulted Ceiling, Winthrop Hall Foyer, The University of Western Australia


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A view of the red brickwork and vaulted ceiling in the foyer of Winthrop Hall at the University of Western Australia. Groin vaults are produced when two semi-circular barrel or tunnel vaults are intersected at right angles. Vaulted ceilings were a common feature in medieval architecture by the twelfth century.
About Winthrop Hall:

Winthrop Hall was designed by Melbourne architect Rodney Alsop. It was built in a Romanesque style, typified by its rounded arches, arcading, thick walls (they are 9ft thick) and large square tower. The architect described the style as being of Italian ancestry, but notably “anglicised and adapted to the local conditions” (See Western Mail, 21 April 1932, pp.14: Winthrop Hall, Hackett Hall to its east, and the Great Gate and the Arts and Administration Building to its west were designed and built together as a group of University Buildings funded by a bequest from The University of Western Australia’s first Chancellor, Sir John Winthrop Hackett (1848-1916). Winthrop Hall was officially opened at a ceremony on 13 April 1932.


McEwan, Joanne


28 January 2011


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