Shop Dwelling 738 Main Rd Eltham Colour - Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - January 7, 2010
REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010
What is significant? The c1920 brick shop and side dwelling and the surrounding site to the title boundaries.
How is it significant? The c1920 brick shop and side dwelling are historically and aesthetically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant? The shop side dwelling is historically significant because it is one of just three early 20th century shop dwellings left in Eltham and one of just two that have intact facades (see also HO128) (Criterion B). The brick shop and side dwelling are historically significant because their relatively isolated setting reflects patterns of township development during the early part of the 20th century and because they illustrate the formerly common practice of shopkeepers living at their premises (Criterion A). The brick shop and side dwelling are aesthetically significant as a key component of the streetscape of Main Road, south of Henry Street (Criterion E).
BICK STUDY, 1992
This shop is one of just three early 20th century shop buildings left in Eltham and one of just two that have intact facades. These shops are physical links with the country village of Eltham at that time and their siting in isolated locations along the street reflects that village era. Since the 1950s Eltham's main street has changed dramatically and the intact pre 1940 buildings such as this shop are key components of the section of Main Road south of Henry Street which still has a streetscape recognisable from that earlier time. The side dwelling illustrates the common practice of that time for shopkeepers to live at their premises.