Bendigo Former Mining Exchange
Completion of the works to the Former Bendigo Mining Exchange within the Beehive Building Complex involved the interpretation, restoration and reinstatement of heritage fabric from two key use periods, those being; the 1872 Mining Exchange and 1927 Allans Music Store and associated Allans Walk Arcade.
Of importance was the reinstatement of the long first floor void to allow natural light from the first floor Gallery glazed roof to once again illuminate the central ground floor area returned to its full width under this project. Previously hidden pilaster wall and arches, delicately tapered cast iron columns and decorative brackets were revealed in this important change.
The newly reinstated central space was bookended by the restored copper faced shopfronts with lead light windows revealing their original beauty from the latter period of interest. Restoration and conservation throughout the upper level, including the rare geometric stair at the eastern end was attentively undertaken.
Photography: Fred Kroh
AIA Victorian Architecture Awards 2021
The John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture 2021