What is Significant?
A pair of single storey brick shops located on the south west corner of Bell and Martin Streets in the centre of the township of Penshurst, designed for Frank Liles Olle by Penshurst architect, W. J Schooling in 1913. The pair of shops have a traditional asymmetrical form with paired recessed entrances, a heavy parapet and a substantial post supported timber verandah on the Bell and Martin Street elevations. Other than the replacement of one door, the shop fronts are intact. Behind the butcher's shop, there is an office, cool room, anteroom, machinery room and engine shed. This shop has been extended in the mid 20th century in cream brick and this appears to have been a work room for pickling meats. Frank Olle, a well known Penshurst grocer conducted a butcher's shop on the corner, while a bakery and tearooms operated in the second shop. The shops have had a long history of occupation by butchers and bakers. The pair of shops retain a very high level of integrity and are both in excellent condition.
How is it significant?
The pair of shops, located on the corner of Bell and Martin Streets in Penshurst are of historical and architectural significance to the township of Penshurst and the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The pair of shops is historically important for its early association with Frank Liles Olle, a member of the important merchant family, the Olle's, but also an influential and important early settler in Penshurst. Frank Liles Olle was historically important in the development of Penshurst as a commercial centre, and served on a number of committees, including the Mount Rouse Shire Council, the Penshurst Progress Association and was an elder of the Presbyterian Church. The pair of shops is of further significance for its long continual use as the local butcher and baker shops, traditionally placed near each other, a tradition which continued in Penshurst well into the twentieth century. The late construction date of the pair of shops indicate that Penshurst was still developing as a commercial centre in the early twentieth century. The pair of shops are of architectural significance for its traditional asymmetrical form, and for its association with local architect, W. J Schooling. It is of further architectural significance as an intact surviving example of the Free Classical style applied in commercial federation architecture