Restored Ipswich masterpiece “Rhossilli” graces 2012 Heritage calendar

A 130-year-old Ipswich home rescued from decades of modifications via an award-winning restoration has today been unveiled as the subject of the 2012 Heritage Building Society calendar.

The much-loved Heritage calendar will raise approximately $25,000 for charity this year thanks to gold coin donations from members. The calendar is now in its 31st year.

The 2012 calendar will feature “Rhossilli”, located in the inner-Ipswich suburb of Newtown.

Rhossilli was built in the 1880s and had been associated with a number of prominent Ipswich identities, including early solicitor, magistrate and mayor William Summerville; and solicitor and community worker Henry Simpson.

The house was converted into flats in the mid-1900s and later turned into a convalescent home, complete with commercial kitchen and multiple bathrooms. The wraparound verandahs were enclosed with fibro and louvres, hiding away the home’s gracious exterior. The interior had been partitioned off with a large number of internal walls, completely changing the layout and character.

Current owners Ron and Liz Jumelet bought the house in 2004 and undertook a massive restoration project to bring its original character back to life.

The layers of additions were peeled back to reveal the formal entry and graceful verandahs that provide the home’s distinctive and striking façade. Paint was stripped from cedar joinery and cast-iron balustrading returned to the verandah to recreate the home’s classic appeal. The sympathetic renovation has added a garage and entertaining area to the original kitchen area.

The project won a Gold Award for Heritage Restoration in the Ipswich City Council’s Awards for Excellence in 2008.

Heritage Chairman Mr Brian Carter said the house was another magnificent example of the varied architectural history of Queensland.

“The beautifully restored Rhossilli now stands as a proud example of the late 1800s Queenslander style that is such a distinctive feature of Ipswich’s early architectural style,” Mr Carter said.

“It’s a wonderful addition to our calendar house series, which raises public awareness of Queensland’s domestic architectural heritage and has become an extremely popular Heritage tradition.”

Brisbane artist Cliff Sheldrake’s painting of Rhossilli adorns the calendar.

Heritage CEO Mr John Minz said the 2012 calendar was available to all members, who were invited to donate a gold coin for a copy, with the proceeds going to Queensland charities.

Funds raised from the 2012 calendar will be donated to Stanthorpe Base Hospital Babies Ward, The Salvation Army, Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, SunnyKids and Compass and Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.

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