Hartley Street School
This was the first official school building in Alice Springs. The oldest part of the structure dates from 1929. When the building was threatened with demolition in 1980 the National Trust and the Save our School committee mounted a campaign to prevent this happening. The National Trust then took on the restoration of the building and opened it as a centre for heritage in Alice Springs. The unusual octagonal room is open to the public as a school museum. The hours are 10.30 – 2.30 Monday to Friday.
Stuart Town Gaol
This building was constructed in 1907 and served as the Town’s gaol until 1938. It is a simple design made of local stone that reflects the harsh discriminatory treatment of prisoners during the early twentieth century. It houses memorabilia and stories relating to police and prisoner history and life in Central Australia. Open to the Public via keys that are collected from the Hartley St. School. Refundable key deposit and entry fee are paid at the School. Refer to Hartley Street School opening hours.
86 Hartley Street
Located in the Heritage Precinct, this late 1930’s house is leased out and is not normally open to the Public except on special occasions. However, as the house is being used as retail premises, the present occupier will usually allow visitors to inspect the building on payment of a donation to the National Trust. The classic design of the building was to provide relief from the intense heat of the Central Australian summer with the wide, screened verandahs used for sleeping and the heavy masonry walls provided thermal mass to slow the temperature rise. In winter, the central fireplace and the kitchen stove were the main source of warmth.
Les Hansen House
This property is one of the few houses in the Alice Springs Heritage Precinct that still retains all its original outbuildings. It was designed by architect Beni Burnett, for use by senior public servants. At present the property is leased and not open for public inspection except during special National Trust events.
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