Home owners restore heritage houses
Fiona and David Hardie

Two property owners were recognised for their restoration of century old Federation era houses with City of Bunbury Heritage Awards handed out in December.

A highly competitive field saw the Excellence in Heritage Building Design and Conservation Award split into two sub categories, private and corporate owners, with the private owner’s award shared between Christopher Low and Julie Bourne and David and Fiona Hardie.

Drs Low and Bourne spent eight years repairing and restoring their property at 3 Turner Street.

“The house was built in 1907 and designed by Eustace Cohen, an Australian architect of English birth,” Dr Low said.

“We sourced some of the best talent available, locally wherever possible, and have been privileged to employ first class tradesmen and craftsmen, with local architectural and design support.”

Originally built in 1890, Mr and Mrs Hardie’s home on 131 Stirling Street was remodelled by Cohen, a pioneer of the arts and crafts movement in Western Australia.

“We did nearly all of the work ourselves and tried to locally source as many of the materials as possible,” Mrs Hardie said.

“For instance, the stone in the fireplaces is from Donnybrook and some of the lead windows we found in Mt Lawley.”

The Bunbury Port Authority’s work on the Leschenault Homestead was recognised with the corporate owner’s award and the Outstanding Heritage Achievement Award went to the Bunbury Women’s Club for 19 Prinsep Street.

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