The project will see Gartner Rose demolish the kitchen and bathrooms,
reconfigure rooms with new partition walls and then construct a new
commercial kitchen and accessible toilet amenities.
Elizabeth Bay House was constructed between 1835 and 1839 by architect
and builder John Verge, for Alexander MacLeay, the Colonial Secretary of
NSW. This magnificent Greek revival sandstone villa was once known as the
"finest house in the Colony".
Interestingly, the house is perfectly oriented and aligned to the
position of the sunrise at the winter solstice or shortest day of the
year - so that the rising sun bisects the house, running through the
front door, out the rear door and hitting the sandstone cliff face at the
rear of the house. The architraves and stone flooring along the central
corridor are evenly illuminated, lasting only for a minute.
The works will complement our recent project undertaken with Sydney
Living Museums at the Hyde Park Barracks