More work done on Homestead
HERITAGE building specialists Chapman Builders have just completed the Glengallan Homestead dining room restoration enabled by a Queensland Government grant under the Living Buildings and Places program.
Glengallan Homestead Trust chairman Donna Fraser said directors were thrilled with the result, being the first major work since the Centenary of Federation conservation and restoration project which rescued the Homestead from ruin and enabled Glengallan to be opened to the public.
“It has been a long haul since 2001 just keeping up with maintenance and repairs,” she said. “Public expectation has been to see some ongoing restoration at Glengallan, so we are pleased, at last, to receive this grant which validates the hard work of our volunteers and indicates interest, at State Government level, in heritage buildings and tourism.”
The dining room restoration incorporates a faux marble fire surround replicated from a 1960s drawing of the original by former Trust director Ian McDonald. Painted surfaces have been matched to original colours and missing cedar architraves and skirtings reinstated.
Mrs Fraser said this project also addressed cracking and peeling plaster in the entrance hall and under the staircase.
“It is all looking good for future use of these wonderful rooms, particularly the annual Deuchar Dinner, later in the year, when both the dining and drawing rooms will be put to good use.”
Glengallan Homestead, on the New England Highway between Warwick and Allora, is open from 10am to 4pm today, tomorrow and Monday.