Stunning bluestone facade a hidden bonus at historic Geelong building
Is it possible this historic Geelong building is back to front, because its rear face is one of its most endearing features?
The two-storey commercial-industrial building started out as John Daniel’s Ironmongery warehouse in the 1860s.
Today, the bluestone frontage to Baylie Place is a reminder of the industrial heritage often hidden in central Geelong.
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The former Mikasa outlet at 186 Moorabool St, which has been hidden behind late 20th century aluminium cladding, has been listed for auction on May 30.
McGrath, Geelong agent David Cortous has set price hopes at $950,000 to $1.045 million.
While the frontage to Moorabool St is the most evident future use, Cortous says its history as a big warehouse with exposed timber beams could dictate buyers future plans.
The property occupies 262sqm of land, but by virtue of its two street frontages, it has about 560sq m of floorspace on two levels.
“To be honest, I’ve got somebody looking at it for residential use,” Cortous says.
“Using the back entrance as the main facade, decking out the full top floor as a residence with a six-car garage at the bottom.”
The Moorabool St frontage would remain a small shopfront.
“There’s a lot more inner city living, especially around the Little Ryrie St area,” he says.
“From Yarra St, all that part of Little Ryrie St to Moorabool St is residential.”
Cortous says the famous warehouse conversion of the former James Strong Boot Factory, that features the chimney in Baylie Place North, provides an example for buyers to convert this property.
“It’s quite a big building, because it’s two storey all they way through,” he says.
The timber and stone elements warrant an A-listing from the Heritage Council, which lauds delicate timber detailing often absent from the otherwise austere warehouse buildings.
“This store also demonstrates the use of both basalt walls and local sandstone dressing. It retains the broad wagon archway, upper level loading doors, gantry and arched lower openings.”
The property goes to auction on May 30 at 11am.
This article from the Geelong Advertiser originally appeared as “Heritage-listed warehouse primed for a residential apartment conversion”.