1718 - Brimbank City Council Post-contact Cultural Heritage Study 1999
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - February 1, 1999
Individual place statement of significance::
The St. Albans Presbyterian is of local historical and architectural significance as an unusual early timber church which reflects the origins of St.Albans as a turn-of-the century suburban development. The scale, shape, form and construction of the church is typical of many churches and halls found in small communities throughout the State. The church's distinguishing feature is the steeple, an unusual and rarely found element on this utilitarian and modest building type.
It is also of social significance for its association with the Presbyterian community of the then predominantly Anglo-Celtic farming community.
The timber church building is the main heritage element on the site. The hall to the rear and the toilet block are later additions.
. Precinct statement of significance::
The St.Albans Village Plan Heritage Area is historically significant as an innovative and unusual plan for a Melbourne suburb in the 19th century. Its circular and curved layout, designed by well-known Melbourne architect, Percy Oakden, centred on the railway line - the drawcard for prospective buyers of land. The link with railway development was characteristic of boom-time Melbourne. The main feature is the layout of streets and the naming system and it is important that these aspects should be preserved.