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