What would you do with an old fire station? Nestled between Sydney and Canberra, at the centre of Goulburn, this 1890 fire station seeks a second life as a unique live/work space, a boutique hotel, an art gallery or perhaps even a restaurant.
The possibilities are vast for the heritage building, designed by architect E C Manfred on Montague Street – a major thoroughfare for the historic city, which is around a two two-hour drive from Sydney and an hour from the Australian capital.
The building has two bay doors at street level and around 366 sq m of floor space set over two floors. As you’d expect from a Victorian commercial building, it has soaring ceilings and huge rooms with original timbers, skirtings and panelled ceilings still intact.
That’s not to say it’s untouched, however: the building’s hosted a law firm, restaurant and a wine bar since it underwent adaptive reuse in the 1970s. But plenty of period features remain to work with, including its historic bell tower, which looms large over the street.
The Old Fire Station has a guide price of $1.2m and is offered for sale via Karl Zabel of Dunne Southern Highlands. Expressions of interest are open until 7 October 2023.