DAs submitted to progress historic streetscape project

Detailed designs observe original specs as closely as possible. Above are the original design for the Tenterfield Star building, signed off by JF Thomas, alongside restoration plans drawn up by Dee Hawkins.
Detailed designs observe original specs as closely as possible. Above are the original design for the Tenterfield Star building, signed off by JF Thomas, alongside restoration plans drawn up by Dee Hawkins.

All eight central business district sites intentified as the first to undergo a facelift under the National Momument Project have now progressed to the development application stage.

The eight buildings are:

  • the Federation Bakery on High Street,
  • the Tenterfield Post office,
  • the Tenterfield Star building,
  • the National Buildings (housing Alford & Duff etc.),
  • the Premier Boot Depot (Mitchell's Shoes),
  • the Noted Cheap Store (Tenterfield Laundrette)
  • Sing Sing & Co (now Tenterfield Homemakers).
  • the Lyric Picture Theatre.

National Monument Project committee chair Greg Sauer said the DAs have been submitted to Tenterfield Shire Council and committee members are hoping to hear an outcome soon.

Then they aim to be in a position to sign contracts for the construction work, ideally with local builders, in a couple of months' time.

Mr Sauer said the committee is endeavouring to reconstruct the frontages of the buildings, including verandahs, in a manner that resembles the original as closely as possible.

"It just depends on the supply of materials," he said, "but we're doing our very best."

He credited Dee Hawkins with producing the well-researched detailed drawings of the building frontages, based on historic photos and other records where possible.

In the case of the Tenterfield Star building the committee was fortunate to have a copy of the original Plan of Printing Works and Offices drawn up for JF Thomas, of Breaker Morant fame and owner and editor of the newspaper at that point. The plans were drawn up to architect FJ Madigan of Glen Innes and signed off by Mr Thomas and contractor Henry Cooper.

The National Monument project focuses solely on the area from the shop facade to the kerb, aiming to create a streetscape which transports tourists back to the days of Federation in the later 1800's/early 1900's. It comes as the shire gears up to celebrate its sesquicentennial.