25 Gawler Street. Portland, Victoria

Historic Portland, Victoria’s first settlement and early whaling colony has a number of remnant timber and bluestone cottages that are similar in some ways to terrace housing.  This unusual single storey row of three terraces was the result of a 1913-14 extension of a former hotel known as the “Builder’s Inn”, one of Portland’s earliest hotels originally erected in 1849.

Former Builders Inn and terraces viewed from the north

The original Georgian era hotel is in the centre and features fluted Doric pilasters.  The hipped roof is in corrugated iron.  The gabled timber structures on either side create the row and were built to march up the gentle slope of Gawler Street with Victorian style cast iron decorated bullnosed verandahs with fringe brackets and drops framing their respective entryways.  It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.1

The building’s heritage value was first recognised in the Glenelg – Portland Urban Conservation Study of 1981.2

During the building’s life it has operated as residences, a bed & breakfast and also offices.


  1. Victorian Heritage Register file H0659
  2. ibid

Leave a Reply

Recent Discussion
  • Lesley Poker: Built in 1874. Originally built by a John Watson ( very wealthy) who built the one next door for his...
  • Anne: Thanks for your comment. We own one of these terraces and would be interested in any info you have.
  • Kate Van Dyck: Love this photo. One off my GG Grandfather’s lived in No 21 and died at that address. So...