What is significant?
The West Preston Baptist Church at 334 Gilbert Road, Preston comprising the church, constructed in 1927, and the church hall addition constructed c.1935. The church and hall addition is a simple gabled weatherboard building with a projecting gabled porch.
The additions made in 2009 are not significant.
How is it significant?
The West Preston Baptist Church is of local historic and social significance to Darebin City.
Why is it significant? The West Preston Baptist Church is historically significant as a place that provides tangible evidence of an important phase of Preston's suburban development during the inter-war period. It is representative of the modest timber churches that were erected with the limited resources available to communities at the time and whilst many of these early churches have since been replaced, this church is notable for its continuity of use as a place of worship. It is socially significant as a place that has provided a religious and community focus for over 75 years and the continuing connection and importance of the place to the communityis demonstrated by additions to the buildingin 2009. (Criteria A, D & G)