Hotel:Village Belle Hotel

Hotel ID No89

Hotel Address:

Abbotsford Street, southwest corner of Hunter Street
Abbotsford 3067
Australia
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Suburb:

Abbotsford

Most Recent Name:

Village Belle Hotel (1868 - 1918)

Previous Name(s):

N/A

Hotel Address:

Abbotsford Street, southwest corner of Hunter Street
Abbotsford 3067
Australia
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When Built/Licenced:

1868

When Delicensed:

1918

Status of Building:

Residence

Rebuilt/Altered:

c.1877

Heritage Victoria Register:

N/A

National Trust Register:

N/A

Collingwood Conservation Study 1989 & 1995:

Part A, pp. 10-12

City of Yarra Heritage Review 1998:

Volume 3, Appendix B, individually listed under precinct

City of Yarra Review of Heritage Overlay Areas, 2007 & Heritage Database:

Individually significant within HO 313

Maps:

Kearney 1855: N ; Hodgkinson 1858: N ; MMBW: Detail plan 1284, 1901

Comments:

By 1864 George Young, a grocer, owned and operated a wood shop on this site. By 1868 Young was the licensee of the Village Belle, a wooden hotel with six rooms, and also continued to operate his grocery store until Edwin Dobbs purchased the property in 1869. Dobbs then left to open a new hotel - The Retreat in nearby Nicholson Street. Around 1874 Jonathan Falkingham, a publican and grocer, became owner/occupant. (Licensing records, Rate Book). In March 1877 a fire gutted most of the rooms and the roof was burnt off. The Argus described the building as a one storey wooden building containing nine rooms. It must have been after this that the current building was constructed.

With its simple corner design and rare remaining shop verandah, the current building is an evocative and charming element in the local streetscape. The corner section is two-storeyed. The street elevations are stuccoed with ashlar markings, simple cornice line and plain string course at first floor level. Some alterations to door and window openings can be seen by comparing the old and current photo.

The single storey shop to Abbotsford Street retains its original arcaded window and timber posted verandah; the parapet has been altered.