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Centennial Hotel

Item details

Name of item: Centennial Hotel
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Primary address: 127 & 114 Hunter Street Scott Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Local govt. area: Newcastle


All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
127 & 114 Hunter Street Scott StreetNewcastleNewcastle  Primary Address
114 Hunter StreetNewcastleNewcastle  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

The building is considered significant as:
The allotment is unique in this part of the CBD as the only one to connect through from Scott to Hunter Streets. (While this has been compromised by the recent subdivision of the spaces, the potential connection remains.) Its layout within the long narrow allotment indicates an unusual and innovative approach to accommodating the various hotel functions within an awkward site with changing levels Despite the substantial intervention caused by the arcade development of the 1960’s, the basic form of the building and much of its fabric survives intact. Its ownership within the one family through the whole of its active life as a hotel and beyond is considered to have local social value, as does its association with the various groups of inner city workers who drank at the bars, and it is also associated with various prominent local architects and builders. The facade to Scott Street, together with the adjacent Longworth Institute, has significant streetscape value as a pair of the few historic facades left along Scott Street. The facade to Hunter Street is also significant.The interiors are of significance.
Date significance updated: 29 Oct 12
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Physical description: 3-storey hotel originally with cast iron posts and verandah to the edge of the street. Still standing and marked Centennial Hotel, but has been converted to new uses. The Scott Street side of the hotel was demolished in 2006, leaving only the front 10 metres of the building intact. The Hunter Street side still survives.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Low disturbance
Date condition updated:18 May 99


Historical notes: The Centennial Hotel was founded on January 26, 1888, being the centenary of the Australian colony after which the hotel was named. The first proprietor was Walter Sidney, whose name appears on the parapet, however he remained there only briefly and it was the second proprietor, John Limeburner (the grandfather of the nominator) who established the early reputation of the hotel. More recently the building will be remembered as Stan Brains pub, being the proprietor from 1938 until its closure in 1964, and indeed the Brain family have been the actual owners of the site form the outset.

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 (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Housing (inner city)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities (none)-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanNewcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012I45615 Jun 12 64 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Newcastle Archaelogical Management Plan19971110Suters, Lavelle, Doring, TurnerC&MJD stage 2 Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2171921

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