The Art Deco style building was constructed in 1938 for Creighton Funeral Directors.
The Creighton family have been associated with the Brisbane Water district as far back as 1844 and it is not unusual to see the name associated in construction or demolition work in those early days. And moved into the funeral business some time about the 1880s.
The building was designed by local architect F van Hemelryck Snr who at the time had premises in the School of Arts and built in 1835.
Creighton’s brothers rebuilt the top storey of the School of Arts opposite after it was burnt by fire. The firm’s records , transcribed on CD by CCFHS are an invaluable resource for local historians and family historians.
Creighton’s was est in Brisbane Water in 1844 by Robert Creighton, Poundkeeper from 1843-1857, was operating as a builder and wheelwright from 1847, and in 1847 unsuccessfully tendered to build the new Court and Watchouse.After Robert Snr’s death in 1872, the business was taken over by his son Robert and Grandson Richard and became Creighton’s Funeral Services which have operated in Gosford since but are no longer a family business. The commercial firm sold the building.
Local artist Gerry Speck provided the beautiful sketch of the Creighton building dated 7/2014
On the 3 Sept 2014 Gosford Council posted for comment a DA proposing to demolish and then rebuild the facade of this important historic building. Responses to council closed 24 Sept 2014.
There was an overwhelming support for the building to be retained through many social media sites the outcome is yet to be released. The National Trust opposed the current development proposal as it “fails to conserve what is acknowledged in the associated reports as an important historical and architectural building in Gosford” – National trust development proposal objection (15-09-2014).
Support from The Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) provided a letter of concern to the council dated 13 October 2014 as the members “….were very distressed that a rare and historically significant local building is at risk of demolition”. – The Royal Australian Historical Society (13-10-2014).