203 - Eltham Community Centre Main Rd Eltham - The Blacksmith's shop which was in main road opposite Pitt Street - Blacksmith Sid Brown is to the right (ELHPC NO.753) - Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992
Statement of Significance
REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010
What is significant? The 1977/78 community centre and all the mature exotic planting, including the c1920 Peppercorn tree (schinus molle) and the wheel rim tool and the site to a radius of 30 metres.
How is it significant? The community centre is architecturally, technically and socially significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
The mature planting and the Peppercorn tree are aesthetically and historically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
The wheel rim tool is historically and technically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant? The community centre is architecturally significant because it is one of the Shire's finest public adobe buildings and a good illustration of the creative adaptation of the 'Eltham style' of architecture, employing mud brick and exposed timber framing (Criterion F). The community centre is technically significant because it features an uncommon adobe cavity wall which was the result of union members refusing to construct the building using solid mud brick because of its weight (Criteria A & F). The community centre is socially significant because it has played, and continues to play, an important role in the life of Eltham (Criterion G).
The mature plantings, including the Peppercorn tree is historically significant as a reminder of earlier land use patterns in the area (Criterion A). It is aesthetically significant as a good specimen of the species (Criterion E).
The wooden-spoked wheel rim tool is historically significant because it was originally housed in a nearby blacksmith's shop and is a reminder of earlier land uses in the area (Criterion A). The wheel rim tool is historically and technically significant because it is a reminder of the importance of horse-drawn transport in the early development of the Shire (Criteria A & F).