Thursday Doors : Armidale…

Last year when staying in Armidale we had a memorable bus tour around this remarkable city. A city I knew nothing about before taking this FREE bus tour.

(Come with me back to that tour, and find out more about this city, it is worth a look.)

But today I am showing you the door into Booloominbah. This magnificent country house is now at the centre of  The University of New England, Australia’s first regional university. It houses the offices of the University’s senior management, including the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

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Booloominbah reflects the Gothic revivalist influences of the ‘Queen Anne‘ style that emerged in England and the United States in the last half of the 19th century. Recent refurbishment has restored much of the original decoration. The building has National Trust classification, as well as being listed on the Register of the National Estate. It has been described as being “perhaps Hunt’s greatest achievement in the field of domestic architecture.”[3] It also has a New South Wales heritage listing.  (Wikipedia)

This impressive home was built in 1888 for Frederick White and his family, who decided to establish his family of seven children in Armidale because the cooler, fresher, drier air of the Tablelands was good for their health. Amazingly this was only the summer home for the family and stood empty the rest of the year.

The only way to see inside this building was to go on the bus tour.

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We only saw a very small part of the downstairs area, but it was very impressive.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time)

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17 thoughts on “Thursday Doors : Armidale…

  1. I’m glad you went on the tour so you could share this with us; what a beautiful building!

  2. Interesting looking place. I want to go there.

  3. The exterior is beautiful and reminds me a bit of a mansion we have here called the Winchester Mystery House. All the gables I think.

    The interior looks lovely too. I love the rich woods moulding and paneling. Definitely worth the free bus tour! 🙂

    • Best value bus tour I have ever been on. I wish we could’ve gone upstairs as it has some very unusual stained glass windows in what was the nursery.

      • That does sound lovely! Maybe one day you’ll get that opportunity.

        • That would be nice, but the other areas are for the administration so are closed to the public.

          • I wonder if you had a private word with someone there…asking if you could just have a peek at those lovely stained glass windows? What have you got to lose? If you don’t ask you don’t get.

            • I don’t know if I will ever get back that way it is quite a way from were I live, but yes we often get talking to people when we travel and it is amazing what interesting things you get shown by locals.

  4. A handsome building Pauline and the tiled floor is nice. Hooray for the name, Booloominbah, I’m sitting her trying all sorts of ways of saying it!

  5. graydaysandcoffee

    What a massive front door! It’s a beautiful place!

  6. That’s quite a place. The outside is magical!


  7. very fun – and reminds me of the governor’s mansion here in town….

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