THE Guildford Hotel will re-open to the public tomorrow and the State Heritage-registered building, partly destroyed by fire in 2008, is now a tribute to the best in federation style architecture.
For years, the building sat vacant – surrounded by security fencing while attracting vandals, scaffolding, socks and slogans.
The Save the Guildford Hotel group targeted the gutted old building and local residents urged the owners to restore the site as soon as possible.
Co-owners Luke Martino and brother Domenic from the Indian Ocean Corporate Group said they were always keen to restore the historic site.
“We are delighted that the building has brought the heart and soul back into Guildford and we are proud to have delivered this back to the community,” Mr Martino said.
He said the site still had some tenants to be selected for the shops at the back of the building.
“We think it will offer an artisan baker, provedore-type arrangement,” Mr Martino said.
The stunning restoration of the State heritage-listed Guildford Hotel will be unveiled at 3pm tomorrow – five months after the predicted completion date.
Premier Colin Barnett said the 1886 hotel was the jewel in the crown of the historic town of Guildford and its refurbishment had meant the return of a magnificent heritage and tourism community asset.
“The significance of the Guildford Hotel is beyond bricks and mortar – the hotel has been a visual and social focus for the local community,” he said.
“The owners and the government have worked co operatively on the issue, and we’ve assisted by allowing development of some apartments on the car park adjacent to the hotel which helped the economics of the project.
The historic belvedere was one of the highlights of the renovation.
“The State Government provided help with a heritage grant for $100,000 towards the reconstruction of the roof and belvedere,” Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said.
Architect Kylee Schoonens said the restoration paid tribute to the building’s 130-year history.