The Parade Apartments: 20 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree

Overlooking Lake Wendouree, designed by reknowned Melbourne firm Fender Katsalidis and constructed by local firm H Troon Pty Ltd when completed it was the tallest residential structure in Ballarat.1 Built between 2007 and 2012 the 4 storey 34 apartment complex adjoins the historic Lake View Hotel which was renovated as part of the project. The complex features an architectural style used extensively in inner city Melbourne using concrete and stained timber slats which also act as sliding shades to frame glass balustrade balconies.

  1. Carroll, Sharni. Inside Lake Wendouree’s The Parade Apartments. November 1, 2012

Eyres House: 810 Ligar Street, Soldiers Hill

This impressive single storey Edwardian Queen Anne style mansion situated high on a hill on what was the outskirts of northern Ballarat was completed in 1905 for Joseph Bryant who made his fortunes in Ballarat’s mining industry. Currently part of Ballarat Health Services, being adaptively reused in 1988.1. The current name dates to 1960, when it was renamed in honour of Ballarat family. Other names include ‘Balmoral’ (1916-1960) given by former mayor of Ballarat Arthur Stewart.2 It has operated as a hostel and most recently a dementia centre.

  1. Beggs Sunter, Anne. A secret garden. The Couier
  2. Henderson, Fiona. A special kind of comfort. The Courier 25/01/2014

Old Library. 102 Camp Street, Ballarat Central

The Old Library building on Camp Street is one of those buildings whose current form defies its history and function. It is only upon closer inspection that what appears to be a plain postwar office building reveals its history, a century struggle to develop a free library adequate for the people of Ballarat. The current building is a remodelling of the 1901 library which was a tall Victorian symmetrical design of grand doric and corinthian columns and triangular pediment. During the Public Works Department 1939-41 redesign as the City Free Library, the original freestone facade was removed and the frontage splayed and rendered in the stripped classical style with a new forecourt.1

  1. og. 26. McCallum, Austin. ‘A History of Ballarat Libraries’. Central Highlands Regional Library Service, 1978.

Jumping Gator crocodile sculpture: Ballarat Wildlife Park. Fussell Street, Ballarat East

Gator the crocodile, a star attraction at Ballarat Wildlife Park for many years, died at age 37 on May 7, 2013 from a mystery illness.1 A new enclosure was underway prior to the crocodile’s death. To mark the opening in 2014, a bonze sculpture of Gator was installed. The statue, designed by New South Wales artists Gille and Marc2 is situated in a prominent position just inside the main entrance.

  1. Oliver, Jordan ‘Star attraction of Ballarat tourism industry dies’. May 17, 2013 http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/1508770/star-attraction-of-ballarat-tourism-industry-dies/
  2. ‘Jumping Gator’ http://gillieandmarc.com/shop/public-sculpture/jumping-gator/

St Columba’s School Main Building. 306 Lydiard Street Nth, Soldiers Hill

The main building of St Columba’s school was opened on 1st April, 1955 by Reverend J.P.O Collins, Bishop of Ballarat. It extended the church complex across the road and the school dates back to 31st January, 1911.1

  1. History – Catholic Diocese of Ballarat

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