What is significant?
The group of shops at 352-72 High Street, Preston, constructed in two stages from 1927-29, are significant. The following elements contribute to the significance of the place. The surviving 1920sdetailing to the upper facades of the two storey buildings and the parapets of the single storey buildings contributes to the significance of the place.
Later alterations and additions, including shopfronts and awnings are not significant.
How is it significant?
The group of shops at 352-72 High Street, Preston is of local historic significance to Darebin City.
Why is it significant?
Historically, the group of shops at 352-72 High Street is significant as evidence of the commercial development associated with the post First World War boom when the population of Preston trebled within a decade. It illustrates the significant development that led to Preston being proclaimed a city by 1926 and cemented the role of this part of High Street as the civic and commercial heart of Preston. (AHC criteria A.4, D.2, H.1)