Rebuilding at Stromlo

johnboy 31 May 2013

The ANU has announced they’re getting $500,000 in Commonwealth moneys to rebuild the old director’s residence at Mount Stromlo:

Perched on top of Canberra’s Mount Stromlo, keeping watch on the city below, the Director’s Residence was long regarded as one of the finest examples of federation architecture in Canberra.

When the firestorm of January 2003 ravaged the nation’s capital, much of the two-storey brick home was destroyed – seemingly beyond repair.

That is until now. A Federal Government grant of almost $500,000 has today been awarded to ANU for restoration work to commence on the 1920’s Director’s Residence.

Still bearing the scars of the fires, the Your Community Heritage grant will help restore the old-world charm of the heritage-listed home, and provide safe public access to the building.

A second government grant, totalling $25,000 will help develop an interactive heritage trail and smartphone app to engage visitors and communicate the scientific and cultural heritage of the site.

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