Punshon's Federal Stores (Former), Hobsons Bay Heritage Study 2006
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The former Punshon's Federal Stores, designed by CJ Polain and constructed by James Rowsthorn in 1890, at 82-84 Ferguson Street, Williamstown.
How is it Significant?
The former Punshon's Federal Stores are of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobson's Bay.
Why is it Significant?
Historically, it is a building, which perhaps best illustrates the increasing importance of Ferguson Street as the main commercial centre of Williamstown during the latter half the nineteenth century. It is also notable for its original and long association with the locally important Punshon family and for its long use as a grocery. (AHC criteria A4 and H1)
Aesthetically, it is significant as perhaps the most elaborate nineteenth century commercial building in Williamstown, which is notable for its unusual and skilfully combined ornament. One of the best works by local architect, CJ Polain, it is a novel adaptation of the English Queen Anne manner and is a landmark within the historic late nineteenth and early twentieth century streetscape in this part of Ferguson Street. (AHC criteria E1 and F1)