Hope for future of timber buildings

In December 11, 2017

Two buildings that are among the last remnants of WA’s timber milling history are about to get a contemporary makeover.

The National Trust is seeking expressions of interests to lease the 136-year-old Mill Manager’s House and No. 1 Mill in the Jarrahdale Heritage Park.

And they believe there are many potential uses for the buildings — the manager’s house could be used for short-stay accommodation or a bed-and-breakfast, while the mill is a more industrial building and could be used as a boutique joinery or tourism venture.

In the late 19th century, Jarrahdale was the site of WA’s first major timber milling operations. Milling officially ceased in 1997 and the land was donated to the Trust in 2005.

National Trust chief executive Julian Donaldson said the timber-framed manager’s house was built in 1881 and used as the residence until 1984-5.

“It is a rare surviving example of its type,” he said. “It demonstrates the traditional layout of a mill town and the importance of those overlooking the mill and associated buildings.”

No. 1 Mill was built in 1950 after the previous one burnt down.

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Hope for future of timber buildings by Kent Acott.  Availabble from < https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/hope-for-future-of-timber-buildings-ng-b88673193z> [Monday, 4 December 2017 4:30AM] Photo: Article Source (Sharon Smith/The West Australian)