The Old Nile Inn
Why is it Significant?
The building is an outstanding example of an early colonial Inn designed in the
Georgian tradition. Having a commanding presence on the streetscape of Nile, the unusual fenestration gives the building a unique character due
to its large window openings in proportion to wall area and arrangement of doorways.
Why is it at Risk?
The building has remained vacant for in excess of twenty years with the
consequential deterioration from lack of regular maintenance as well as vandalism. The site is not secure with unauthorised access readily
available to all areas of the two story building. Evidence of ‘demolition by neglect’ is clearly evident in failing structural integrity and
deterioration of decorative features. Records held by the National Trust (Tasmania) indicate that numerous approaches have been made to the
owners regarding the properties unsatisfactory predicament dating back to 1983. The owner’s response indicates a complacency and lack of
appreciation of the heritage values and significance of the property.
What needs to be done?
Restoration and reuse of the site which lends itself to either private or public
use with the reinstatement of the building providing a valuable heritage asset to the streetscape of the Nile precinct.