#41 Tamar Street.

41 Tamar Street was a building in desperate need of a new lease on life. The circa 1920, two story terrace was affectionately known as ‘Wags n Tails’ after the Launceston dog wash that formerly occupied the ground floor Shopfronts and the building remained virtually untouched since its conversion from a two storey walk-up General Store and Residence. The Milledge family recognised the building’s potential and its significance within the street scape thus the decision was made to return 41 Tamar to its former glory.



Location | Launceston, Tasmania

Client | Milledge Bros. TAS

Builder | Faulkner Building

Photography | Josh Crossin / Sarah Lindsay

Neighbouring the Albert Hall and City Park, the redesign took full advantage of natural light and views to the north east. The first floor provides unique views over the park and the gas works industrial precinct.
The development of 41 Tamar Street is the first stage of a long term vision to rejuvenation the precinct, of which LXN Architects are excited to be involved with.


Looking beyond the unmistakable air of ‘wet dog’, that seemed to have permeated every inch of the building, the potential was obvious. The building offered a flexible floor plan, which could accommodate a multitude of uses and the potential to add much needed amenity without compromising the core structure of the original terrace. The upper floor had not been used for over a decade (‘temporary residents’ excluded ) and the lath and plaster walls had become damp and heavy. It was an easy decision to strip the ceilings and walls removing this unwarranted weight and stress from the double red brick structure.