What is significant?
Chiltern Railway Station Complex was constructed in 1875 (the station was built by James Lever and the goods shed was built by J Kyle) on the Melbourne-Wodonga line for the Victorian Railways. It comprises a small, bi-chromatic brick station building and residence with a hipped roof and a concave verandah carried on cast iron columns. There is also a detached gable roofed lamp room/toilet block and a gable roofed goods shed with iron trusses and continuous ridge vent. The station building and the goods shed are currently closed.
How is it significant?
The Chiltern Railway Station Complex is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Chiltern Railway Station is historically significant as a reminder of the former pre-eminence of Chiltern and the north east of Victoria as a gold mining district, and for its associations with the development of the 'light lines' or 'cheap lines' era.
Chiltern Railway Station is architecturally significant as a major contributor to the character of the North Eastern Railway. Chiltern is an important and representative example of the 'Creswick' style of station buildings, one of the typological groups of the 'light lines' era. Confined to certain lines, these station building designs were adopted as standard by the Railways Department. They are typically characterised by their single storey construction of a classical revival design, often using polychromatic brickwork, and were constructed at locations between the main centres.
The architectural character of the station is enhanced by the goods shed, which is also noteworthy for its decorative arcading applied to each end. The station building, in conjunction with the goods shed, represents a unique combination of standard railway facilities.