No longer a church really, St Giles in Geelong is up for sale again. These days it's offices for beauty therapy. One time it was a nightclub. Many churches these days are converted into homes, restaurants, offices. One was just sold out at the lovely little village of Ceres just out of Geelong. The former St Giles Church dates back to 1861 and was designed by noted architect Nathaniel Billing as part of a competition, according to theHeritage Council Victoria. Today it is a contemporary three-level conversion that houses a beauty therapy business.
Young family buys slice of
history as former Ceres church sells at auction
TESSA HAYWARD, Geelong Advertiser
A YOUNG Rippleside family has
secured its own piece of history in Ceres after buying the disused Uniting
Church for $500,000.
With plans to renovate the interior
and convert it to a residence in which they will live, the new owners outbid
two other interested parties at the auction on Saturday to secure the 1230sq m
property. The new owner, who wants to remain anonymous, said he had always
liked the heritage built properties and had seen some church conversions that
came up well.
“I am going to have a talk to an
architect and see what we can do,” he said.
The church, constructed of Barrabool
freestone, is heritage listed so the facade cannot be altered but the interior
has more flexibility.
Originally the Ceres Wesleyan
Methodist Church, it was built in 1855 and the accompanying Sunday school dates
back to 1864.
The Sunday school was included in
the sale, however, selling agent Brett Walker, of Barry Plant Highton, said if
the buyer did not want it the neighbouring town hall would move it on to its
The last service at the Ceres
Uniting Church, located at 2a (17) McCann St, was in December. The Uniting
Church decided to sell after the congregation fell to as few as three.
A Barrabool Hills Uniting Church
parishioner, Nola Noble, said it was sad to see the church sell. “It is an end
of an era, we don’t like to see churches closing,” Ms Noble said.
Mr Walker said it was a rare
opportunity to buy a church. “It is a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of
history,” he said.
Located in the heart of Ceres, the
church is a part of an identifiable group of buildings surrounded by