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Royal George Hotel

Author

City of Albany

Place Number

00065
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Location

60-70 Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Local Government

Albany

Region

Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1885, Constructed from 1910

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Statewide Hotel Survey Completed 01 Nov 1997

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Recorded 04 Apr 1977

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category A

Category A

• Worthy of the highest level of protection. Recommended for entry into the State Register of Heritage Places which gives legal protection. • Provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the City of Albany Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. • Development requires consultation with the City of Albany and the Albany Heritage Advisor. • A more detailed Heritage Assessment/Impact Statement to be undertaken before approval given for any additional or redevelopment • Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered.

Statement of Significance

Thsi place is one of a large number of important heritage buil\dings in Stirling Terrace. Stirling Terrace is one of the significant Local Heritage Areas in the City of Albany. The three storey Royal George Hotel is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical architecture. It was originally the Railway Hotel, owing to it's location so close to the Albany Railway Station.

Physical Description

Set on Stirling Terrace
Two storey construction
Forms part of a significant group of commercial buildings
Asymmetrical façade with inter-columnisation
Painted rendered brick on second and third storey façade, painted brick on first storey
Parapet wall concealing roof with gable and classical decorative motifs
Horizontal moulding defining first and second storey
Arched windows at street level
Cantilevered box verandah

History

The Royal George Hotel was built on the site of the former Aberdeen House, the dwelling of Alexander and Catherine Moir. It is believed some of the original structure of Aberdeen House was incorporated into the rear of
the hotel.
Alexander and Catherine Moir were married in 1854 and had thirteen children. It is known that the old Aberdeen
House was built before the birth of the sixth child in 1867. In the mid 1880's the Moir's leased the house to Frederick Watts who obtained licenses to convert the building into the Railway Hotel. This move was prompted
by the construction of the Great Southern Railway and the location of the Albany Railway Station on Lower Stirling Terrace immediately below the hotel.
In 1892 Moir leased the Railway Hotel to Charles Bailey for a period of ten years. During this period the hotels' name was changed to the Royal George. In the rear of the hotel during this period were the old Aberdeen House gardens, which were named Cremorne gardens. These have since been demolished. Work began on additions to the Royal George Hotel in 1910. The building was designed to have three storeys, with a balcony in front with cast iron lacework decoration. The completed building was rendered in a very plain version of the Federation Free Classical style. The walls were made of tuck-pointed brickwork with stucco bands and sills. Public bar facilities were located on the ground floor. The drawing room, 18 bedrooms, five baths and five toilets were located at the first floor level. On the second floor, 13 bedrooms, two baths and two toilets were built.
Royal George Hotel advertising was pitched at commercial and professional travellers. However, the hotel remained the 'lumper's pub' for those who worked onthe coal hulks. An advertisement in c1910 when S Patterson was the proprietor emphasised the following points about the hotel.
The Royal George Hotel which nearly faces the Post Office in Stirling-terrace (sic) is another house rebuilt (referring to next door White Star Hotel). In its new form the building is of three stories, with balcony in front and the establishment is replete with all modern improvements, including the electric light and a septic tank for disposal of waste. The bars are so placed to keep them clear of the house. On the ground floor are the staircase hall, commercial room, billiard room, dining room, kitchen, servery, pantries, storeroom, laundry and accommodation for the staff.
The first floor contains a drawing room, five bathrooms, five sanitary accommodations and 18 bedrooms. On the second floor there are 13 bedrooms, two bathrooms and sanitary arrangements.
All the bedrooms are of good size and well ventilated. A septic tank is installed and all sanitary work is carried out on the most modern lines. Hot and cold water is provided for and electric Lights and bells are throughout. A feature is the stabling, containing six stalls, harness man's room, coach house and motor garage. The furnishing has been attended to in a most liberal spirit and everything is new and comfortable.
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 more 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.

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: High
Modifications: Original verandah removed replaced by cantilevered canopy/awning

Condition

Excellent

References

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

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7665 Design parameters for Stirling Terrace heritage areas. Heritage Study {Other} 2000
11505 Royal George Hotel, East Fremantle DRAFT Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2016
5038 Stirling Terrace, Albany : conservation plan. March 2001. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001

Place Type

Individual Building or Group

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Hotel, Tavern or Inn
Original Use COMMERCIAL Hotel, Tavern or Inn

Architectural Styles

Style
Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Wall BRICK Painted Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Hospitality industry & tourism

Creation Date

27 Jun 1988

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

31 Dec 2016

Disclaimer

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