Victorian Boom

“Port Kembla Hotel is a three storey L-shaped corner hotel building with readily apparent features of the Victorian Boom architectural style. The hotel was built in rendered masonry with a skillion corrugated iron roof obscured behind the parapet. The façade comprises a number of notable decorative features, including the dominant corner pediment with precast shell, ball and finial motifs, the balustraded parapet with intertwinned hypertrophied shell motifs, the decorative string above the second floor with alternated tympana and festoon motifs above each window on this level. Windows are double hung 1/1, with Ionic pylon motifs in between, on the second floor framed with contrasting rectangular render frames and with rendered decorative sills with skirt. On the first floor, the sills are sloping and no other decoration was used. On the ground floor, early or original doors and historical tiles survive. Internally, few original features remain. Tiles on the ground level are also an addition.”

– above information taken from the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

Photo of the Port Kembla Hotel on Wentworth Street in 2017 by Nina Kourea