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Johns Building (Former) (Façade Only)

Item details

Name of item: Johns Building (Former) (Façade Only)
Other name/s: Silks Store, Hustler's Drapery
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Retail and Wholesale
Category: Shop
Primary address: 200-212 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Local govt. area: Newcastle
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
200-212 Hunter StreetNewcastleNewcastle  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Formerly "Hustlers" drapery store c1921, occupied as separate shops in 1901 and site used for tempory post office 1886. Important streetscape item. The interiors are of significance.
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Designer/Maker: F. G. Castleden
Construction years: 1883-1889
Physical description: Three storey rendered brick building with classical influenced design. The existing building has an Edwardian top floor added onto an earlier two storey Victorian building and was originally unpainted.
Modifications and dates: Major re-development in 2004, involving demolition of building interior. Only the façade survives on the Hunter Street frontage. Verandah over Hunter Street reconstructed in 2006 based on conjectural detailing.
Current use: Retail/ Residential
Former use: Retail


Historical notes: Initially constructed in 1883 as a single building, additional buildings added in 1889 and 1909. Was a substantial commercial and retail store operating as the John's Silk Store, and between 1909 and 1921 as the Hustler's Drapery. Archaeological remains discovered when building demolished in 2004, indicating a long history of retailing on the site, with a series of shops previously occupying the site, whixch are known to date from the 1850s including a cobbler and a confectionery outlet.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services commerce-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanNewcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012I41115 Jun 12 64 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Newcastle Heritage Study1990196Unknown  Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2170196
File number: 196

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