End of an era for Coffs jetty icon
THE demolition of the old Forestry headquarters at the jetty is underway.
Early last year Coffs Harbour City Councillors voted to approve the demolition on the proviso its heritage value be documented and where possible preserved.
The main building on the corner of Harbour Dr and Hood St was opened in the late '40s and at the time was the only three-storey building in town.
The large corner block contains five separate structures owned by Gowings' Pacific Coast Developments.
It was the regional head office for the NSW Forestry Commission (now known as the Forestry Corporation) showcasing beautiful timber work including intricate parquetry, wood panelling and an imposing curved staircase.
Much of the timber is rare and protected such as the fire oak flooring on the bottom level and the rainforest timber used throughout.
The Advocate has obtained some historic photos to give readers a look behind the scenes before the building is gone for good.
The building was renovated in 2007 uncovering some gems like large parquetry trees in the main entrance which had been covered in green carpet. Much of the wood panelling had also been covered in typical '70s style with canary yellow panels.
The Forestry Corporation relocated to their new offices on Gordon St in 2018.