Tourist Hotel restoration recognised in 2015 Heritage Awards

20 April 2015

The restoration of the iconic art deco building which houses the Tourist Hotel in Monaro St has been recognised in the 2015 Queanbeyan City Council Heritage Awards.

Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall presented owner Steve Bartlett with the award at Saturday's presentation ceremony at the Queanbeyan Museum. Other award winners announced on Saturday were:

  • Adaptation/heritage garden - 25 Park St, Queanbeyan, Gina Rocks
  • Promotion/contribution to heritage - 36 Crawford St, Boni Maywald

All winners received a $1,000 cheque.

"Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Queanbeyan City Council Heritage Awards," Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said. "This is the 18th year that Council has run the Heritage Awards and over the time we have recognised some wonderful efforts which have brought local buildings back to their past glory."

"It's great to see attention being shown to some of the significant buildings in the CBD. The restoration of the Tourist Hotel has been fantastic and follows on from the work done at the Royal Hotel, which also won a Heritage Award for its restoration in 2012."

The Tourist Hotel - Steve Bartlett

The Tourist Hotel is one of only a handful of art deco buildings in Queanbeyan. The restoration was undertaken in a manner that was very sympathetic to the hotel’s heritage, particularly the external tiling. The location of the hotel contributes enormously to the Monaro St upgrades and provides a focal point in the area.

25 Park St, Queanbeyan - Gina Rocks

25 Park St has been lovingly restored with attention to detail being of the utmost importance. All the windows have been replaced with double-glazed cedar frames to ensure they replicate the original style and design. This restoration clearly demonstrates how to preserve and enhance an historic cottage. The original garden was removed and a native heritage style garden has been replanted inside a new picket fence. Further restoration projects are likely to take place mid-year.

36 Crawford St - Boni Maywald

36 Crawford Street has undergone an upgrade which included the design and building of a new garden room. The landscaping in association with the garden room provides a lovely aspect and shows the wider community how to bring historic gardens back to life. The owner demonstrated a sense of intimacy, spirit and commitment by installing French doors that open onto the revamped garden area. Boni recently held a PeaceKnits open day at the cottage to coincide with centenary anniversary of WWI.