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Glasgow House


City of Albany

Place Number

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56-58 Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1882

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 27 Oct 2020

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Classified by the National Trust Recorded 04 Apr 1977

Heritage Council
Local Heritage Survey Adopted 27 Oct 2020 Considerable


Very important to the heritage of the locality.

Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category B

Category B

• Requires a high level of protection. • Provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the City of Albany Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. • A more detailed Heritage Assessment/Impact Statement to be undertaken before approval given for any major redevelopment. • Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered.

Parent Place or Precinct

14922 Stirling Terrace Precinct, Albany

Statement of Significance

Stirling Terrace Precinct:

Stirling Terrace Precinct, a predominantly late Victorian and Federation period townscape set along a segmented crescent plan overlooking Princess Royal Harbour, Albany and containing a diverse range of building types and styles, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
the historic precinct is a fine and relatively intact example of a late nineteenth century and early twentieth century townscape, dating primarily from 1867 to 1915, demonstrating a range of activities and support infrastructure associated with the foundation and development of a prominent nineteenth century town;
the historic precinct is rare as a prominently located townscape with a town plan dating from the foundation of the settlement with a set of finely designed Victorian and Federation period buildings;
as the original commercial heart of the town, the historic precinct was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees from the 1830s until World War One when Albany was a prominent town in the Colony and Australia, due to its role as the Colony’s coal depot for the international mail and passenger service, which linked Europe to the eastern colonies. This role was expanded with the addition of regional railways and interstate telegraph links;
viewed from the harbour and from the western approaches to the town, the historic precinct as a whole is a landmark, strengthened by the strong vertical accents of the Royal George Hotel and the former Post Office;
the historic precinct is highly valued by the local community for its aesthetic values and historic associations and, along with the defining topography of the Princess Royal Harbour, Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, is as one of the elements that contributes to the local community’s sense of place and to the identity of Albany;
within the precinct, G.T. Poole’s designs for the Post Office and Court House demonstrate creative excellence and J.T. Hobbs’ design for the Sandover & Co store, which later became Drew Robinson & Co.’s store, at 108-110 Stirling Terrace makes innovative use of large plate glass windows;
the historic precinct includes buildings designed by prominent architects James Manning, Lt. General Sir J. T. Hobbs, J. Herbert Eales, and George T. Poole, and was historically the location of businesses founded and run by significant Albany and regional identities including Thomas Sherratt, Alexander Moir, John Robinson, Charles Drew, Frank Dymes, Edward Barnett, J.F.T. Hassell, and E.G. Everett.

Physical Description

Some of the notable features of this place include:
• Two storey building
• Set in a group of similar scale buildings
• Victorian Free Classical design features such as roof concealed by parapet with decorative motifs, elegant plainness, smooth textured walling
• Projected quoin moulding around arched windows set in straight lines with carefully balanced proportions
• Quoins also on both sides of the upper facade
• String course defining rectangular masses

Some obvious modifications include:
• Ground floor façade/shop fronts
• Reconstructed 1911 verandah
• External colour scheme

Refer also to: Considine & Griffiths Architects in association with Kris Bizzaca, Stirling Terrace, Albany, Conservation Plan, October 2000.


Glasgow House
The adjoining two buildings of Glasgow House and Edinburgh House were built for Alexander Moir in 1882. Prior to these buildings, there was a row of single storey cottages accommodating a bootmaker, baker and tailor among other tradesmen which Moir had demolished to construct his new buildings.

Moir was born in 1826 in Markinch, Fifeshire, Scotland (hence the Scottish names used for his buildings). He came to Albany in 1852 and by 1861 he had started trading from his first house in Stirling Tce (now the site of the George Hotel) until he constructed Edinburgh House and Glasgow House. In 1854, Moir married Catherine, the Rev. John Wollaston’s housekeeper (Wollaston House in Duke Street) and they had 13 children. In c1865 they built their family home ‘Aberdeen House’ in Stirling Terrace which later became the Royal George Hotel.

In 1886/87 Moir had built a new family residence around the corner on Aberdeen Street, which he later donated to the Albany Club. As well as his merchant business, Moir was Chairman of Plantagenet Road Board. Moir died in 1893, and his son John Moir continued on running the Moir business, as well as serving as Mayor of Albany. John’s headquarters were situated in Glasgow House His headquarters were situated in Glasgow House while a chemist was situated in Edinburgh House.

By 1900, photographic evidence shows that some minor modifications to the façade had been carried out including a new parapet that was added now covering the hipped roof. The name Glasgow House was included in the entablature. The same may have been done to Edinburgh House next door.

In late 1911 Glasgow House appears to have been leased to Edward Barnett & Co for use by the store’s boot department. A number of improvements were carried out to the building at this time, including the erection of a new shopfront at the ground floor level. This comprised the construction of two new entrances and three display window cases. A single storey timber bullnose verandah was also added at this time. In c1960s the verandah was removed and replaced with a cantilevered box verandah, and the entire ground floor was modified so that that none of the existing elements are original fabric. In 2014, the 1960s verandah had been removed and the 1911 verandah was reconstructed. The building was for many years used as a dress shop (Brides and After 5s) and since 2014 as a café/gourmet store Gourmandise & Co.

Stirling Terrace Precinct
Stirling Terrace is one of the City of Albany’s most significant heritage assets, both as a streetscape and as a collection of Victorian and Federation period buildings overlooking Princess Royal Harbour. Stirling Terrace is located in visually striking topography and its segmented crescent plan form remains basically as it was when first recorded by Surveyor Hillman in 1835. The mature trees and the harmonious architectural composition of diverse building types and styles provide additional visual interest.

Stirling Terrace was developed from the 1830s following the establishment of Albany as part of the Swan River colony, and was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees from the 1830s until World War One. The 1835 Hillman survey plan set the scene for the emergence of Stirling Terrace as the prime location in the town, with a rich variety of social, commercial, leisure, institutional and service functions. The majority of the built fabric which remains today was completed in the period 1867 to 1915. The buildings were designed by some of the State’s most eminent architects and many were built for prominent citizens and institutions.

Over the years the commercial focus of Albany has moved to York Street, with many institutions, such as banks and the post office relocating there. Free of substantial development pressure at a critical time, Stirling Terrace has managed to retain many of its historic structures and features. Viewed from the harbour, and from the western approach to the town, Stirling Terrace has a landmark quality as a whole.

Refer also to: Considine & Griffiths Architects in association with Kris Bizzaca, Stirling Terrace, Albany, Conservation Plan, October 2000.


Integrity: High
Authenticity: Moderate




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
R Apperly, R Irving & R Reynolds; "A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture ". Angus and Bobertson NSW 1989
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999
L Johnson; "Town of Albany Heritage Survey". City of Albany 1994
K Bizzaca; "Stirling Terrace, Albany, Draft Conservation Plan". Considine & Griffiths Architects 2000

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
5038 Stirling Terrace, Albany : conservation plan. March 2001. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001
7665 Design parameters for Stirling Terrace heritage areas. Heritage Study {Other} 2000

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Other
Original Use COMMERCIAL Other

Architectural Styles

Victorian Regency

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

27 Jun 1988

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Last Update

19 May 2022


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