Creative Gathering at Graythwaite


A ‘Creative Gathering’  was held on Thursday afternoon 18th September, at ‘Graythwaite’ – the restored heritage house on the grounds of Shore School in Sydney. Attending were the project manager, a lecturer in Fine Arts, retired minister and his wife, library assistant staff and three teachers.

While enjoying afternoon tea, the Project manager explained the process of restoration, including the re-consideration of the space that has changed from a family home to a palliative care home and now to the location of office spaces and reception area.

A heritage architect restored the physical appearance of the building including re-doing the roof tiles and sandstone building blocks, while ‘space consultants’ were used to  re-configure the area of usable space to configure the buildings evolving purpose. A key design feature of the whole project seemed to be the balance of maintaining the integrity of the historic building while matching with contemporary purposes.

A wonderful afternoon!



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2 thoughts on “Creative Gathering at Graythwaite

  1. Thank you Margo for organising a wonderful, insightful afternoon tea. How fascinating it was to see how the designers maintained such a historic Sydney building to ensure that the space was both useful and suitable for a variety of uses within.

  2. I am disappointed that I couldn’t join you for this event. It would have been wonderful to not only see the completed building but, more so, to hear about the process of its restoration. Lessons could be learned here about maintaining history whilst providing for contemporary use. This idea can be seen in some schools where the buildings have maintained a facade that may suggest traditional learning but, on entering, excites people when they see 21st century learning spaces. I was disappointed to see an old classroom building demolished during the BER because it was cheaper to knock it down and build from scratch. It would have been fantastic to see the old exterior retained with the interior designed for contemporary learning. I suppose a major constraint in many school refurbishment projects is $$$ – glad to see it was not so with Graythwaite.

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