This page was originaly host to a webcam feed from the demolition site of the Julia Farr hospital. Demolition has long since finished and a new building is currently being constructed on the site. During the demolition period a second stills camera was installed on the rooftop of a neighbouring building. This camera captured more than 50,000 photos over a period of about 6 weeks. The resulting photos have been assembled into a 3.5 minute time lapse which you can now view below.
After sitting vacant for more than 30 years, the Julia Farr Center's Fisher building has finally been demolished.
Originally a part of the 'Home for incurables', The West Block building was built between 1964 and 1967. Its beds were occupied for a short 11 years before the wards were cleared of patients in 1978 upon the completion of the larger 'East block'. Since that time it was used intermittently for its operating theatres and dental facilities, but never again saw live-in patients.
In 2003 Living Choice purchased the site from Disability SA with the intention of turning it in to a retirement village. Many failed development applications followed over the next 8 years and the building rapidly fell into a state of disrepair. Vandals and graffiti artists soon discovered the site and left behind them little more than a mess of broken glass and colourful plasterboard.
On 15th February 2011 McMahon Services broke through the first wall, marking the end of one building and opening the door for a new 189 unit retirement village. The demolition is being carried out with the use of a $3 million dollar excavator imported from the United States and shipped from Melbourne to Adelaide by road specifically to work on this building. The 'Ultra High Reach Demolition Excavator' weighs 160 tonne and its arm has a reach of up to 45 meters making it the biggest excavator of its type in the country. Demolition of the main structure is expected to take about 2 weeks.
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