Researched and written by Donald A. Johnston, Heritage Architect
The history and legacy of Australia’s first planned alpine resort
Built in 1909 by the NSW Tourist Bureau to address the demands of emerging alpine tourism, the Hotel in the Diggers Creek valley of the Kosciusko National Park, became a vibrant year-round playground for many decades.
It was the birthplace of organised skiing in the Kosciusko region at the beginning of the 20th Century. Hotel management encouraged the early formation of numerous ski club organisations, who have significantly contributed to the establishment of today’s built alpine and recreation environment.
Imagine walking through the former Hotel’s iconic arch to experience the full history of its trading and meet its former management, staff and guests who patronised the Hotel over a 50-year period. Hear their stories, anecdotes and eyewitness accounts of escaping the fire.
Examine the influence of the past 60 years, in its guardian role, how the current day Sponar’s Chalet has maintained the Hotel Kosciusko’s legacy.
Wander through the Hotel’s remnant precinct, locating the former building’s footprint, infrastructure and recreational facilities, that offers an analysis of the important cultural, archaeological and heritage significance possessed by this unique location.
Researched and written by Donald A. Johnston, Heritage Architect, it contains over 300 pages detailing the Hotel’s life, many rare photographs, maps, brochures, architectural plans and Hotel memorabilia.
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