Latec House aka 741 Hunter.

3 February 2004

Latec House in Hunter Street looking west from Union Street

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No 741 Hunter Street Newcastle West..

..was occupied by Latec House, a 10 storey building with a roof height of 34 metres, built in 1959. It was designed by architects Peddle Thorp & Walker and constructed between 1957 and 1959. The building was officially opened by the Federal Attorney-General Sir Garfield Barwick on 24 April 1959 and became Newcastle’s tallest building.

Latec House was last occupied in 1988 and became derelict. Graffiti written on the side of the building in 1997 is claimed to have been the inspiration for the name of the Newcastle-based This Is Not Art (TINA) festival of new media and arts. During the demolition process, Victorian-era terraces dating back to 1879 were revealed. These had been hidden behind more modern facades.

One Perfect Day

Below ~ Latec House from Hunter Street looking east

9 October 2005

2 October 2006

Renovation underway. Graffitists in full flight.

7 January 2007

22 July2007

4 May 2008

16 April 2019

High-rise has intensified at the west end precinct. Latec House (aka 741 Hunter, aka Pinnacle Apartments) once the sole towering sentinel – some called it a white elephant and a sore thumb – dominating that part of the city for over half a century, is suddenly engulfed by taller neighbours.

Below, construction of Newcastle Central Plaza on King Street, behind 741.
23 April 2019
Below ~ Looking east from Stewart Avenue.