At the turn of the XXth century, the Illawara train line revived the remote seaside gem of Cronulla & put it on the map. Surrounded by glittering waters & magnificent sand dunes, Cronulla started to attract settlers, beach lovers & Sydney-siders. A Methodist church was erected circa 1908, where the restaurant now stands. It went on to be the Shire library in the 1970’s, then The Old Library Restaurant in 2011, & now 1908 Cronulla Social Restaurant & Cocktail Bar.
Impressed by the great bones of the building, the tall ceilings, the exposed beams & original timber lining, award-winning interior designers Guthrie & Hecker transformed the venue into its current incarnation, cleverly designing the space with a connection to both the seaside location & the original architecture, whilst adding new elements such as the impressive central bar. Working within the voluminous spaces, they created a sense of intimacy & gathering through creating a series of rooms within rooms & spaces within spaces. Custom furniture pieces & a natural palette of oak, linen, white timber & blackened steel contribute to the relaxed & somewhat domestic space that is 1908.