Osborne House Closed until further notice due to Health Concerns.
Osborne House is closed indefinitely to all tenants and visitors due to health concerns as mould spores have been found throughout the building.
An extensive maintenance program is now under way at Osborne House to rectify the problems found.
OH Ballroom as Exhibition Space
OH Ballroom Restoration begins
OH Ballroom Restoration Cont...
OH Ballroom Restoration - Walls being removed
OH Ballroom Restoration cont...
OH Ballroom Restoration - Wallpaper removal
OH Ballroom Restoration - Original 1910 timber exposed
OH Ballroom Restoration -Bay window restoration begins
OH Ballroom Restoration Unveling - Australia Day 2017
OH Ballroom Restoration Unveling - Australia Day 2017 (2)
OH Ballroom Restoration Unveling - Australia Day 2017 (3)
OH Ballroom Restoration Unveling - Australia Day 2017 Ribbon Ceremony
Osborne House New Renovations - Update
The above photos reveal the stages of renovation for the 1910 Percy Everett designed Ballroom at Osborne House, which was officially opened by former Cr Eddy Kontelj on Australia Day 2017.
Eddy was instrumental in the Osborne Park Association achieving a grant from the City of Greater Geelong for the restoration works. The OPA contributed $10,000 [raised through events held at the property over the past 6 years and a donation from the closure of the Cement Museum] plus 808 volunteers hours at an estimated value of $20,000 - this being in keeping with the Association's aims of preserving and protecting Osborne House.
The Shire of Corio owned the building for over 52 years [1937-1993] and this had been their function room until the Branscomb Room was added in the 1970's - now leased by the Geelong Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association. The Ballroom was then divided into 5 offices and a meeting space.
Removing the office partition walls revealed the grand space built for Mrs Parrington when she insisted the ballroom/dining room and 7 bedrooms above be added by then owner , the Geelong Harbour Trust when she leased the property as a High Class Guest House. Unfortunately, Mrs Parrington, who also operated the Oaks Guest House in South Yarra, skipped out on her 5 year lease after only 12 months, leaving the Harbour Trust a little red faced for the expenditure.
Our next fundraising efforts will be to restore the grand fire place and over-mantle.
To that end we invite community groups to consider holding their next exhibition or event in our beautiful ballroom.
Contact the OPA secretary Susan on 0424373214
Osborne House New Renovations
These are the first stages of the renovation of the ballroom at Osborne House - the 1910 extension added by the Geelong Harbour Trust at the insistence of Mrs Parrington of Toorak in order for her to lease the property to operate as a high class guest house.
The renovation is being overseen by National Trust and Heritage Victoria and completed through a grant from the City of Greater Geelong and funds provided by the Osborne Park Association Inc
On completion this fabulous space will be available for hire for exhibitions and events.
UPDATE ON THE CLOSURE OF OSBORNE HOUSE
THE PROPERTY IS CLOSED TO ALL TENANT & USER GROUPS AND THE PUBLIC INDEFINITELY
Work has started on maintenance issues at Osborne House but it’s going to be a long slow process.
In March 2017 each area of the building complex was assessed by an external hygienist appointed by City of Greater Geelong. Based on his report to council, a program of mould cleaning and maintenance was established and work began in early January 2018.
A conservator and three assistants have commenced work in the Vietnam Veterans meeting rooms and Museum. All fixtures, fittings, furniture and museum artefacts have to be checked, tested, cleaned and as appropriate, packed and stored.
This same procedure will apply to all leased areas of Osborne House: ie: that which accommodates –
· Geelong Maritime Museum and Geelong Memorial Brass Band in the Stables complex
· Geelong Museum Association in the Mansion
· The Osborne Park Association, Corio Bay Camera Club, VIGEX and Geelong Model & Experimental Engineers in the East Wing
· The British Farm Machinery Restoration Group and Rotary-in-Kind in the Depot Yard.
All of these groups have found alternative venues or meeting rooms for the foreseeable future. Please contact the group secretary for inquiries regarding their meeting times and venues.
The Osborne Park Association meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the
Leisure Time Centre, Anakie Road, Bell Park at 7pm
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