New Albury Hotel | NSW Environment & Heritage

Culture and heritage

Heritage

New Albury Hotel

Item details

Name of item: New Albury Hotel
Other name/s: Hotel Albury
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Location: Lat: -36.0811994311 Long: 146.9148205440
Primary address: 491 Kiewa Street, Albury, NSW 2640
Parish: Albury
County: Goulburn
Local govt. area: Albury City
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Albury And District
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT2 DP64740
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
491 Kiewa StreetAlburyAlbury CityAlburyGoulburnPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Built in 1939, the New Albury Hotel is considered to be an excellent example of the international style, well detailed, well maintained and in excellent condition. Similar public buildings, derived from the teachings of Bauhaus, survive in most of the capital cities, but they are exceedingly rare in country towns. This building is significant for its rarity as an example of Bauhaus / International style outside the great cities. It is an important focal building in the centre of Albury and within the designated conservation area.

Being five stories high, it is the first 'high rise' building in Albury, and thus dominant in the streetscape. (This dominance should be retained over any future developments in the area).

Albury's most successful cream brick building. In original condition (except for new metal fire stairs). Albury's first high rise building (LEP, 2000).
Date significance updated: 21 Dec 01
Note: The State Heritage Inventory provides information about heritage items listed by local and State government agencies. The State Heritage Inventory is continually being updated by local and State agencies as new information becomes available. Read the OEH copyright and disclaimer.

Description

Designer/Maker: W.H. Merritt
Builder/Maker: Snider Constructions
Construction years: 1939-1939
Physical description: The building is a five storey framed structure faced in cream bricks on three sides with red bricks at the rear. The front fa├žade has a cantilevered verandah at street level and concrete balconies with a white rendered finish above. It is well detailed, well maintained and in original condition. Important exterior details include the rounded corner windows and the horizontal banding effect created by the balconies and cream brick spandrels.
Current use: Hotel
Former use: Hotel

History

Historical notes: The hotel was designed in 1939 by W.H. Merritt, an architect and engineer from Melbourne. When first built it was named the Hotel Albury but later it became known as the New Albury Hotel. The builder was Snider Constructions and the estimated cost was 25,000 pounds.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation Going to the pub-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Being five stories high, it is the first 'high rise' building in Albury, and thus dominant in the streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Similar public buildings, derived from the teachings of Bauhaus, survive in most of the capital cities, but they are exceedingly rare in country towns. This building is significant for its rarity as an example of Bauhaus / International style outside the great cities.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act

Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
(a) The maintenance of any building or item on the site where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing material.
(b) the construction of a fire isolated stairway at the rear of the New Albury Hotel, 491 Kiewa Street, Albury, to brick up all window openings located within three metres of the said stairway, to open new windows and to carry out other works as necessary to conform with the fire safety provisions of the Local Government Act 1919, as set out in drawings No. 502/1 and No. 502/2, dated May, 1985, and submitted by Peter Doyle, Architect, of 465 Olive Street Albury.
Dec 11 1987
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act See File For Schedule


Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
(1) The maintenance of any building or item on the site where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing material.
Oct 21 1988
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
HERITAGE ACT 1977
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

FRANK SARTOR
Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0062902 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0062921 Oct 88 1595524
Regional Environmental Plan - Lapsed  21 Dec 90   
Local Environmental Plan 199504 Apr 96 431536
Local Environmental Plan  28 Jul 00 97 

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
TourismThe New Albury Hotel2006New Albury Hotel Visitor Information View detail

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

rez rez
(Click on thumbnail for full size image and image details)

Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5044976
File number: HC 33473, S90/03309


Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in the State Heritage Inventory is correct. If you find any errors or omissions please send your comments to the Database Manager.

All information and pictures on this page are the copyright of the Heritage Division or respective copyright owners.