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Imperial Hotel

Item details

Name of item: Imperial Hotel
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Location: Lat: -33.7714501493 Long: 150.8433532430
Primary address: 1 Rooty Hill Road North, Rooty Hill, NSW 2766
Parish: Rooty Hill
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Blacktown
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT91 DP865716
PART LOT93 DP865716
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Rooty Hill Road NorthRooty HillBlacktownRooty HillCumberlandPrimary Address
cnr Rooty Hill Road and North ParadeRooty HillBlacktownRooty HillCumberlandAlternate Address
North ParadeRooty HillBlacktownRooty HillCumberlandAlternate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Dyemist Pty LtdPrivate25 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

The Imperial Hotel was built in 1890 to cater for the crowds who arrived by train to attend the greyhound racing at Plumpton. A significant architectural landmark and social meeting point (LEP listing, 2002).
Date significance updated: 09 Feb 06
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Description

Physical description: A two storey corner hotel in brickwork and cement render with verandah to the street frontage at the first floor level having cast iron lace balustrading and cast iron columns (LEP, 2002). The hotel abuts the corner, with a beer garden to the southwest alongside North Avenue, and car parking area to the north facing Rooty Hill Road. A number of additions have been made to the rear of the building over time, including a single storey section that has been altered, along with a c.1995 addition which infilled the courtyard facing North Parade which created a bistro at the rear (GSA, 2006).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Internally much of the original and early building fabric survives including timber staircase, several fireplaces, various ceiling linings (plaster, timber and pressed metal), decorative plaster cornices and details. (1995).
Date condition updated:08 Feb 07
Modifications and dates: Later single storey additions immediately behind the original two storey hotel. Unsympathetic and of little/no intrinsic heritage value (Rod Howard, HIS, 1995).
1987: work on entry foyer
1990: accomodation converted to office space
1995: restoration works, alterations and additions.
Current use: hotel
Former use: hotel

History

Historical notes: The Imperial Hotel was built as two storeys in 1890 to cater for the crowds who arrived by train to attend the greyhound racing at Plumpton (LEP listing, 2002). FJ Weston of Horsley Park developed the hotel that was opened on 12 August 1890. At the time Rooty Hill was part of the St. Mary's Parish. The locality was identified on maps as early as 1803 and known by the name of Rooty Hill by 1810.

The area is associated with government administration with a reserve for Government owned cattle. It is identified with a number of prominent landowners, including Walter Lamb who established a cnanery and fruit preserving works at his Woodstock estate in Plumpton (Rooty Hill) in 1884, in addition to his pastoral activities. It was also the locality of early wine growing at Minchinbury, the estate of Dr Charles Mackay, to the south of the railway line. The Great Western Railway line gave impetus to the development of Rooty Hill, with the station serving hte vineyards and the cannery. A public school was opened in 1875 and the School of Arts (1902) was the venue for the first meeting of Blacktown Council in 1906. Blacktown was proclaimed a shire in 1906.

At the time of the hotel's opening Rooty Hill appears to have been a growing centre with a number of local shops and private residences, which were augmented by the hotel. The hotel prospered early on with crowds attracted to the coursing (a form of greyhound racing) which was established at Lamb's Woodstock Coursing Track. (GSA, 2006, p6). The racetrack was a focus for local community activity, but business went into decline and the licence to sell beer was transferred to Wallacia in 1936.

It operated as a wine bar owned by Penfolds Wines, but became semi-derelict by the early 1970s. A local dentist purchased the hotel in 1977, when the hotel was boarded up. The National Trust classified the property in 1976, leading to a PCO in 1981. Building applications were lodged with council 1981-82 and the hotel reopened in 1982.

A single storey extension was constructed in c1995 along North Parade filling in a semi-enclosed courtyard. A pepper tree (Schinus molle var. areira) in the beer garden area near North Parade appears to be 40 to 50 years old (Tall Timbers, 2005). There is evidence of past specimens of pepper trees on this site.

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 Innkeeping-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements Coaching Inns along roads-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements Development in response to railway lines-
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. Accommodating travellers and tourists-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Changing land uses - from rural to suburban-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Sub-division of large estates-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Creating landmark structures and places in regional settings-
5. Working-Working Labour-Activities associated with work practises and organised and unorganised labour Working in places of public entertainment-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation Gathering at landmark places to socialise-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation Going to the racetrack-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Sport-Activities associated with organised recreational and health promotional activities Racing greyhound dogs-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
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 0011402 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0011401 May 81 642456
Local Environmental PlanImperial Hotel 12 Apr 02 72 
Local Environmental Plan 198803 Jan 92 00234
National Trust of Australia register Imperial Hotel8568   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenGSA Planning2006Heritage Impact Statement - minor alterations to No.1 Rooty Hill Road North

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045322
File number: EF14/4412; S90/6226/2


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