Opinion

High hopes for landmark

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June 07, 2018

A historical Shepparton landmark is likely to flourish for many years to come after the recent changing of hands at the Terminus Hotel.

The hotel, located on the corner of High and North Sts, has a history dating back to 1876 when Coghlan’s Hotel stood on the site, before rail was introduced to Shepparton in 1880. In 1889, its name was changed to the Terminus Hotel.

Steeped in rich history, it provided a watering-hole for those jumping off the train, who often spent a night in its rooms.

After burning down in 1917, the building was rebuilt as a single-storey brick building in 1918 and was remodelled with its distinctive art deco facade in 1938.

It is one of the few buildings within Shepparton’s city centre with such a rich heritage which is still in working order.

It has been disappointing to see the lack of maintenance with buildings such as the Shepparton Hotel during the past decade.

It is unlikely the Terminus Hotel will face the same fate.

The Terminus has been well maintained by the Stainsby family, which celebrated 70 years of ownership in 2011, with the addition of a drive-in bottle shop in 1971 and Pippins Wine Bar and Function Room in 1983.

There are few examples of incredible art-deco design in Shepparton better than the Terminus Hotel.

Its sprawling indoor staircase and facade depict the architecture of times past and it has a picturesque curb appeal.

It has also been recognised for its historical significance by the Greater Shepparton City Council, which listed it on its heritage database.

The heritage listing described the Terminus Hotel as having local historical and aesthetic significance.

‘‘Remodelled in 1938, a hotel has occupied the site for over 110 years, providing a focus for local social activity and lodging,’’ it read.

‘‘Aesthetically, the building presents a substantially intact inter-War facade with a distinctive landmark entrance.’’

The site was also one selected to be part of Greater Shepparton City Council’s Heritage Open Day last year.

The day aimed to increase awareness of the municipality’s diverse and unique range of heritage places, and the Terminus Hotel fittingly joined 39 other sites as part of the open day.

We trust the hotel’s new owners will endeavour to continue to maintain the rich history of the hotel and, therefore, ensure the local landmark continues to stand for many years to come.

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