In the course of carrying out a building condition assessment at the Celtic Club building on the corner of Queen and La Trobe streets, a small fragment of Melbourne’s past has been discovered. A metal plate affixed to the façade was removed revealing part of a ‘ghost sign’ (that is, the remnants of a painted sign) for the former West Bourke Club Hotel.

The West Bourke Club Hotel was built in 1876, and replaced an earlier hotel building on the site. Originally two storeys, a third level was introduced in the 1920s to match. The building was converted to the home of the Celtic Club in the late 1950s.

Also revealed were hints of the original colour scheme, with evidence of terracotta, cream and grey coloured skim coats to various façade elements.

08 February 2018

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