The building at 22 Pakington Street is one of Victoria’s oldest commericial buildings buildings. It was known as the Harp Inn and was built around 1848.
The building is significant because it is a rare example of a pre-gold rush structure. The shape and design is typical for the era, but are more related to the architectural evolution of New South Wales and Tasmania.
It was one of many inns that served thesuburbs of Newtown and Ashby. The neighbouring stockyards provided a large portion of its business. The inn kept its licence until the beginning of the 1860s.
The service wing and courtyard were replaced with the new rooms, which include standard bay windows. The former inn is still mostly intact thanks to the extension. Outhouses in the back have been destroyed.
On The Market
The building was listed for sale in 2021 and 2022, The price range was $1.65- $1.75 million.