Former Sydney fire station to get boutique hotel conversion

George Sell By George Sell
02 May 2018 | Updated 02 May 2018

Australia: The former Stanmore fire station in Sydney’s inner west will be converted to a boutique hotel and restaurant.

Sydney-based siblings "Andy" Van Bang Tran and "Amy" Thi Lan Nguyen, who both come from Vietnam, bought the 132-year-old property at 308-314 Stanmore Road, Petersham, for more than AUS$7 million

While the 892-square-metre site has approval for a 13-room hotel, it currently has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and parking space for six cars, as well as a swimming pool and outdoor deck.

Nguyen said: "The first time I saw it, I liked it immediately; the lights and colour attract people's eyes. If I buy in the city, people in the west may find it quite far to travel, because I intend to open a restaurant as well, so I want to attract a lot of customers from different sources and different suburbs. At the moment, the city is quite crowded and the parking fees are quite expensive, so a lot of people may find it inconvenient to travel the city."

The style of the hotel will be "reminiscent of colonial French Indochina", while the restaurant will serve up Vietnamese fusion dishes.

Built in 1886, the building originally operated as the Marrickville Fire Station, and was the first station built for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the predecessor of the Fire and Rescue NSW. Renamed as the Stanmore Fire Station in 1914, it served the community for 105 years before being decommissioned in 1991.

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