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Former Larundel Psychiatric Hospital Existing Conditions External Photography for Adminstration Building (B1), Dining & Mess Room Building (B3) and Male & Female (B4) Receiving Wards. Plenty Road Bundoora VIC 3083. HO111 Darebin Planning Scheme

The Tudor Revival style. The early buildings and layout of the former Larundel Mental Hospital, developed between 1938 and 1949, designed by State Government Chief Architect Percy Everett, is significant at the Regional level for its site plan, architectural design, and historical and social associations. Historically, the Larundel Hospital buildings are significant as the only major mental institution to be developed in the mid-20th century, and were the last to be developed, and the last of the older institutions to close. Socially, Larundel was one of the most well-known mental institutions in Victoria. Unlike other institutions for chronic cases, hidden on large estates, or in the country, Larundel is visible from Plenty Road, and was often the first port of call for those diagnosed as suffering from a mental illness. (extract from Victorian Heritage Database Report “National Trust” – Former Larundel Mental Hospital) Photographic survey by Hin Lim. © Hin Lim | 2014

Panoramic view from Sanctuary Drive. From left to right:- Male Receiving Ward (B4), Dining and Mess Room (B3) with Hospital Building (B2) behind and Female Receiving Ward (B5)

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