Vestibule Tiles of the Ballarat Old Colonists Club – Lydiard Street, Ballarat
Built for the Old Colonists Association between 1887 and 1889, the Old Colonists Club at 16 to 24 Lydiard Street, Ballarat, is a building which is important in terms of streetscape, history and townscape and is of architectural consequence. The club forms an essential part of the streetscape and townscape of Ballarat and represents an association which is distinctively of the Nineteenth Century and unique to Ballarat.
Architecturally the interiors are largely intact. Beyond the double glass doors, the interior takes you back in time to the Victorian era. Ascending the thickly carpeted stairs, the entrance hall has an elaborate skylight with covered and ribbed surrounds lit by a rectangular lantern structure. From the roof a heavy ornate wrought iron chandelier hangs. The staircase with decorative iron balustrades and tile inlaid woodend paneling leads visitors to the club rooms on the first floor.
The front rooms above Lydiard Street are in original condition and feature beautiful pressed metal ceilings featuring elaborate Art Nouveau designs, however it is the billard room at the rear which is of the most architectural significance. The elaboarate cornices and ceiling roses combined with the original furniture, equipment and rear balcony make the interior highly significant.