The shelter (rotunda) in Eastern Park, Geelong, has significance as a moderately intact example of an early 20th century garden structure within a well-treed landscape and with views to Corio Bay. Built before 1916, the shelter appears to be in fair condition.
The shelter (rotunda) in Eastern Park is architecturally and historically significant at a LOCAL level. It is associated with the development of Eastern Park and associated garden structures in the early 20th century, and it demonstrates some original design qualities. These qualities include the octagonal plan with fixed timber seating on all sides except for two doorways, unusual ogee form roof clad in galvanised corrugated iron, heavy stop chamfered timber columns, steel framed roof structure, and the steel tie rods attached to the top of the columns to support the centre of the roof. Overall, the shelter (rotunda) in Eastern Park is of LOCAL significance.
R Aitken 'Leisure and Pleasure Buildings of Geelong', B Arch Thesis, Deakin University 1980, p124.
The Geelong Advertiser - 19 November, 1895, 12 September, 1896, 8 October, 1896, 29 January, 1997, Geelong Historic Records Centre.
Aerial photograph of Botanical Gardens, c1925, Geelong Historical Records Centre. C Dance, Geelong Botanic Gardens and eastern park, Geelong Historic records Centre.