Newport Mechanics' Institute (former), Hobsons Bay Heritage Study 2006
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The Newport Mechanics' Institute (former), designed by John W Parry and constructed in 1933-35, at 13 Mason Street, Newport.
How is it Significant?
The Newport Mechanics' Institute (former) is of local historic, social and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobsons Bay.
Why is it Significant?
Historically, it is significant as the first mechanics' institute erected in Newport and the library is the oldest continuously operating facility on the same site in the municipality. The date of construction, 50 years after it was first conceived, illustrates the two main phases of development in Newport's history. It is a very late example of its type and a representative example of a once sought after facility within communities. (AHC criterion A4)
Socially, it is significant as an important community meeting place over a long period and the centre of adult education in this area. It has strong associations with the leaders of the local community who acted as the trustees. (AHC criteria G1 and H1)
Aesthetically, it is significant as an important civic building, which contributes to the historic character of the Newport Civic & Commercial precinct. It is notable for its fine panelled interior and its porch detailing. (AHC criteria D2 and E1)