White Star Hotel

Author

City of Albany

Place Number

00067

Location

72-80 Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Other Name(s)

White Hart Hotel site

Local Government

Albany

Region

Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1910

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Category
Statewide Hotel Survey Completed 01 Nov 1997
Classified by the National Trust Recorded 04 Apr 1977
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category B

Statement of Significance

This place is one of a large number of important heritage buildings in Stirling Terrace. Stirling Terrace is one of the significant Local Heritage Areas in the City of Albany. The White Star Hotel was built in 1910. The name recognised the importance of the White Star shipping line that was one of the passenger-freight shipping companies that operated out of Albany.

Physical Description

Set in a group of significant commercial buildings with high streetscape value in Stirling Terrace Two storey construction Painted brick facade Parapet wall concealing roof Horizontal emphasis at roof line Lower storey arched windows Low integrity from photo supplied in advertisement for the White Star Hotel c1910

History

The White Star Hotel was built on the site of the former White Hart Hotel. Manager Charles William Reddin, under the ownership of the Southern Brewing Company ran the White Hart. Reddin bought the hotel in 1906. In 1910 the new hotel was built. Reddin was believed to be responsible for the changing of the name from White Hart to White Star. It recognised the passenger-mail-freight shipping line which operated through Albany from Albany port's prime period of the 1890's and was the last to leave, in the 1920's. White Star Line (owner of the Titanic) was the popular name of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company. This developed from the failed Aberdeen White Star Line which ran clippers from Britain to Australia. In c1910 advertising for the White Star stated; Entirely re-built and refurnished, the White Star Hotel has superseded the White Hart Hotel in Stirling-terrace (sic). The new building is of two stories and thoroughly in accord with modern requirements. Twenty two lofty and large bedrooms are available, with drawing, smoking and commercial rooms, and the bathrooms, equipped with hot and cold water, are up to date in every detail. The dining room is a useful chamber and the kitchen arrangements leave nothing to be desired. The hotel had a balcony with intricate timber balustrading. The new hotel building had fourteen bedrooms and bathrooms available, and in the separate bar area, had drawing, smoking and commercial (lounge) rooms as well as a dining room. The hotel was renovated circa 1993. In recent times, the paint has been removed from the ground floor of the Stirling Terrace elevation. This process resulted in some damage to the brickwork and tuck-pointing. Stirling Terrace is one 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.

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: Low Modifications: Modifications from the original are so many it is difficult to believe that this is the same building that was constructed in 1910. Two storey verandah removed and replaced by cantilevered canopy Parapet wall finishes of arches and gable removed Classical motifs no longer apparent

Condition

Good

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Advertising screed on Hotels in Albany 1910
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999
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
11381 White Star Hotel Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2015
7665 Design parameters for Stirling Terrace heritage areas. Heritage Study {Other} 2000
5038 Stirling Terrace, Albany : conservation plan. March 2001. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001

Place Type

Individual Building or Group

Uses

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

Architectural Styles

Style
Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
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

01 Jan 2017

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