In 1965 the house became known the Bundoora Repatriation Hospital. It was de-commissioned in 1993 and ownership transferred to the State Government. The outbuildings and covered walk ways that had grown over the years were demolished.
By 2001 it had been restored with funding from the Federal Government, the local Darebin Council and Latrobe University and is now principally used as an art gallery. Some parts are modern but most areas have been very nicely restored.
In this photo from the Bundoora Homestead website you can see that the house was in a very poor state compared to now.
It is open to the public and is free to visit. There is also a cafe within. Here are a few photos.
This work was done with a hot fire poker. Although once reasonably common, not much of that type of work survives.
Damn, the upstairs was closed while a new exhibition was being curated. I would have loved to stand on the balconies. It is a rather odd window placement, don't you think?
I loved this small painting of a car crossing a bridge over Darebin Creek.
Lots of stained glass throughout the house.
Remember this from last week's quiz?
The Tobin ventilation system was in a number of rooms. Tubes lead to the outside of the house and apparently differing air pressures force fresh air inside with the flow being controlled by the fist. Not sure what the issue might be about opening a window instead. Here is another photo so that you can see the scale.
Some lovely fireplaces.
A few nice bits of furniture, but not properly furnished.
Massively thick and heavy doors.
Peeking upstairs. It looked just as grand.