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The Willoughby Hotel, which first opened its doors in 1899, was described as one of the finest buildings in the northern suburbs. With 40 rooms and a lavish interior, City dwellers found the hotel a desirable weekend retreat, spending their time bush balking and relaxing on the Hotel lawns.
What followed was a rich history, including near demolishment in 1940. In 1975, former great Kangaroo second rower, Brian Hambly (South Syndey and Parramatta Rugby League teams) brought out the lease and in 1988, a major refurbishment was undertaken to restore the original verandah.
Hazel Hawke said of the restoration, ‘”The verandah restoration to The Willoughby we felt deserved a commendation for its significant contribution to the streetscape and also the building itself. We thought of the works as a very good example of how the heritage character of a publicly used building can be used to enhance its commercial potential.”
The Hotel today, retains its aesthetic significance as an impressive example of Federation Hotel architecture and due to these outstanding architectural qualities; the Willoughby Council has listed the hotel as an item of environmental heritage.
The Hotel remains a popular destination for locals and business alike, desirable for its diversity with an extensive Bistro, Bar and Function facilities.
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