Significant elements of the Former Barleycorn Inn at 221 Hurd Street include the views of the building from Hurd Street, external features such as the original bluestone walls, brick chimneys, the vented gables and timber-framed doors and windows. Internally the bluestone and brick fireplace is of heritage significance.
How is it significant?
The building at 221 Hurd Street is of historical significance (HERCON criterion A), aesthetic significance (HERCON criterion E) and creative/technical significance (HERCON criterion F) to the Glenelg Shire.
Why is it significant?
The building is of historical significance as it provides a strong link with early housing stock in Portland and settlement of the area known as 'Double Corner', in North Portland, which was on the main road to the town. This area provided all the necessary rest stops and conveniences to travellers to and from Portland.
The building is of aesthetic significance for the way it presents a neat, simply-contrived building of distinctly early Victorian nature.
The building is of creative and technical significance for its innovative use of local materials in a remote region at an early period in Portland's history. Similar to other early buildings in Portland the Barleycorn Inn was constructed using locally available materials with a care and attention to detail which tells of the scarcity and value of building materials at the time. The building utilises bluestone which would have been quarried locally, hand-made bricks and a simple design indicative of local industry and innovation, and the potential for working with new materials in a new environment. The internal bluestone and brick walls and fireplace demonstrate early building methods which ensured that valuable materials were used and not wasted in a remote and isolated community.