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Urwin's Store
Photograph of the front of the building showing the balcony, verandah, and incorrectly-named façade.
Urwin's Store in 2014
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Former names Caddy & Wilshire's Drapery Store, Unwin's Store
Alternative names Toodyay Bakery
General information
Architectural style Victorian Classical
Address 123 Stirling Terrace
Town or city Toodyay, Western Australia
Country Australia
Completed 1898
Technical details
Floor count 2
Lifts/elevators 1
Design and construction
Main contractor Henry Davey Jnr.
References
Toodyay municipal inventory

Urwin's Store is a historically significant building located on Stirling Terrace in Toodyay, Western Australia. It is registered on the Australian Heritage Database.

History

It was built in 1898 by Henry Davey Jnr. It is a double storey building with parapet decorated with scrolls and finials, and it is constructed of rendered brick, with a ridged iron roof and timber framed windows. The ground floor has always been used as a shop and has retained much of its original character and features. The shop was originally known as Urwin's Drapery Store and it was later known as Caddy & Wilshire's Drapery Store. The upper storey now has a balcony or verandah that extends over the lower street level.

The façade names the building as "Unwins Store" (with an 'n'), but as it was built for Robert Urwin the name on the front is incorrect. This name was applied in error and it is not the preferred name.

The Toodyay Masonic Lodge rented the upstairs rooms from 1899 before moving to its current premises in 1924. Other lodges also used these rooms: The Order of the Buffaloes held meetings there until the 1950s.

A hairdresser and tobacconist's shop was built the year after Urwin's Store, to fill the gap between it and the Freemasons Hotel. This was also built by Davey and was operated by Carl Heiden.

A retail bakery and café is currently operating from the premises.

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