Bendigo is brimming with beautiful architecture and treasured buildings. Here are just a few through the eyes of people who live and work in the historic city.
Di Selwood – Bendigo Property Plus: Sacred Heart Cathedral. I pass this a lot on my travels and it never ceases to grab my attention. The historical significance of the Cathedral cannot be dismissed but it is the aesthetics that I find pleasing - it is a magnificent sight and just a beautiful building. Lit up at night, it takes on a mystical quality that reminds me of childhood and fairytales.
Sue Opie – Luke Goggin Real Estate: The Shamrock Hotel stands majestically like a grand old lady in the centre of town, overlooking all that goes on in Bendigo. From its early days during the gold rush it has been witness to the evolution of Bendigo. Architecturally, it represents the grand old era which was the birth of Bendigo and wouldn’t you want to know what secrets it has in its walls?
Greg Fathers - Priority1 Property: The refurbishment of the Beehive Building and the Mining Exchange is an exciting project. It features a wonderful story of the gold rush days, while being rebuilt as a business and retail centre suitable to be fitted out with modern electrical systems and décor. The conversion of some inner city shops to top floor accommodation is a trend following on from the Melbourne property scene.
Kathryn Mackenzie - Bendigo Tourism: The historic post office, now the Visitor Information Centre is a grand stately building, built in 1887 when the State Government recognised Bendigo as a major Victorian city. The building has a grand street frontage facing Pall Mall with a wonderful staircase, tall tower and clock that chimes quarters and hours. Inside are the ornately decorated ceilings, the intricately carved post office counters, the underground rooms and the large columns of granite and worn staircases tell a story of a different time and place.
Finn Vedelsby – Rocks on Rosalind: There are the obvious ones, like the Cathedral, Shamrock Hotel, Anne Caudle Centre and Fortuna Villa. I love the magnificent foundations and buildings around Viewpoint and up View Street that match and blend in with today’s busy lifestyle, which only become obvious when you take time to sit and look up.
Fiona Rooke – Robe: Chancery House was one of the very first buildings built in our beautiful city. In the 10 years I’ve worked downstairs in Robe, I’ve enjoyed listening to the tales of passersby, eavesdropping on both personal memories and historical content.
It once housed nurses being trained during the war, was an office to Sir John Quick, a signatory to the Australian Constitution, a florist and prior to Robe, a hairdressing salon.