Landmark Byrne St, Stawell fire station set for a red hot auction
A red hot auction is on the cards for a towering landmark near Stawell’s town centre.
The historic fire station, set on the aptly named Byrne St, has hit the market with a $200,000 price tag.
Monaghan’s Real Estate director Terry Monaghan said the converted Victorian Romanesque building had ignited interest from buyers across Victoria.
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“Some buyers think the house could be used as a retreat from the city, while others have business ideas for restaurants,” Mr Monaghan said.
“There is also an existing permit for two apartments to be put where the fire trucks used to park and for another two-storey unit on the land”
The heritage-protected station and adjoining bell tower were built by architect George Inskip in the 1880s. It was sold by the Country Fire Authority in 1991 before being bought and transformed by the owners in 2008.
“It was converted by the vendors and the first floor was turned into a big open-style apartment, with a renewed and modern staircase leading up to the belltower,” Mr Monaghan said.
“This is a little town and everybody knows this icon … the sale has attracted a lot of attention.”
The station is understood to be one of the first buildings in Stawell, located just around the corner from the main road. Set in an elevated position, the tower offers some of the most impressive views of the town and the Grampians National Park.
Heritage Victoria documents suggest it is one of the only intact 19th century fire stations with a bell tower remaining in the state.
The local owners, who rented the property out, sparked the sale after recently retiring, Mr Monaghan added.
The Byrne St station is scheduled for auction on May 4.
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