New chapters for two historic buildings in Sale

The grand AMP building in Raymond St, Sale.
The grand AMP building in Raymond St, Sale.

TWO of Sale's iconic historic buildings will be re-purposed, giving them a new lease on life.

The beautiful AMP Building in Sale, best known formerly as the Kazbah nightclub, is set to undergo an internal renovation, and will become a coffee, wine bar and retail store.

At the same time, the former Club Hotel is the latest disused pub in Wellington Shire to be converted for other uses, with a planning application currently before council to turn the historic building into a GP, specialist, dental and training clinic.

If approved, the Foster St facility would be a welcome boost to Sale's medical services, which are already stretched to the brim coping with regional population growth and an aging community.

The Gippsland Times understands it is an established local clinic going into the building, but potentially with expanded services.

The application, available on the council website, shows the proposed remodelling of the inside of the 1800s hotel will allow for a range of medical services, including GP and specialist rooms, a dental suite, Aboriginal health rooms, pharmacy dispensary and training rooms.

Because it falls within the Sale Town Centre precinct the building's facade will be retained for its local historic and aesthetic significance, and the original coach office will be reconstructed.

However, the proposed plans reveal the demolition of some rear, external buildings.

Historically, the Sale Town Centre precinct houses many beautiful buildings that showcase the growth of Sale from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, when it became the leading regional centre in Gippsland.

A council document notes the precinct contains the earliest commercial centre in Foster St and many 19th century buildings "which provide fine examples of commercial streetscapes of that era...".

The Club Hotel in Foster St, Sale.

The Club Hotel in Foster St, Sale.

In 1994, a publication called Sale's Heritage states the Club Hotel became a 'meeting place for many local organisations' after Port Albert hotelier and pastoralist Richard Bennison was granted a licence for it in 1858.

A weatherboard plaque documenting that the veranda and coach house have been reconstructed, and dated, is included in the plans.

The hotel, which once housed the infamous Ringers nightclub, was closed in mid-2018 and sold in March the following year.

The AMP Building, built just before the 1930s depression, is an example of some of Australia's finest moderne or art deco-style architecture.

The building has had various uses over the years.

When it was originally built by the Australian Mutual Provident Society - the precursor to financial services giant AMP - it was home to two banks.

The building's faade features AMP's Amicus Certus statues, signifying the company's historic motto "amicus certus in re incerta" or "a sure friend in an uncertain event".

Its solid brick walls, limestone skirtings and decorated and coffered high plaster ceilings lend it an air of grandeur

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