This two storey building, simply known as the Administration Building, was originally built in 1899 as classrooms for the Ballarat School of Mines. Serving as the administration building for the University of Ballarat it is now part of Federation University Australia’s SMB TAFE Campus.
While the entrance to the historic Ballarat art gallery retains its 1884 charm, the gallery itself is actually a series of annexes constructed at different stages and in different styles. The most recent of these additions is the award winning modern abstract design 2011 multi-function annexe designed by Nick Searle and Suzannah Waldron (Searle & Waldron Architecture). The product of a design competition, its black steel and glass gives it an outward appearance something like a F117-A nighthawk stealth fighter. The building combines sharp geometry a large open space with a stunning black and white piano key striped ceiling and aboriginal artwork on the floor with a roofscape formed by prominent with skylights for ample natural light and projecting angular awning which doubles as an eye catching verandah. The annexe was also featured in Architecture Australia.1
The Pompey Elliot monument in Sturt Street is the first statue erected in Ballarat for more than a decade. It commemorates World War I veteran commander Major General Harold Edward “Pompey’ Elliott CB CMG DSO DCM who served in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He is remembered in Ballarat as he lived for a time near Lake Wendouree and was educated locally at Ballarat College. Funds were raised from Tattersalls George Adams Foundation.1 Sculpted by Louis Laumen it is cast in bronze on a plinth of polished stone and was unveiled on Ballarat Heritage Weekend, 9:30am May 7th 2011 by former defence force general Peter Cosgrove and City of Ballarat Mayor Craig Fletcher in front of a crowd of approximately 400.2345
The history of the Robin Hill Hotel on Peel Street in what was once Ballarat East can be traced back as early as 1866 though despite its historic and architectural merits, in stark contrast to much of Ballarat, this hotel is not afforded any heritage protection.
The Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) is perhaps the most dramatic addition to the city’s skyline in more than a decade. Since its completion in 2013, the six storey curtain wall tower has become one of the most prominent buildings, visible across Lake Wendouree and from many parts of Ballarat.