Houghton Homestead dates from 1863 and is one of the first vineyards in Western Australia. The shingle roof cladding of the homestead and stables had reached the end of its functional lifespan and required entire replacement to avoid further water ingress damaging the significant interior spaces.
This was a controversial project, where we proposed reinstating an item not original to the place. Our decision was based on thorough and sound archival research, including photographic evidence. Reinstatement of corrugated iron also contributed to an easier and cost adequate maintenance of the place, as requested by the client. We prepared a heritage impact assessment which addressed how the proposed works affected the heritage significance of the place. We explored how heritage conservation benefits may offset any existing adverse impacts.
The reroofing of Houghton Homestead to corrugated iron returned the property to an earlier appearance that reflected the majority of its existence. It did not affect the function or detract from the heritage significance of the house. It is sympathetic to the heritage significance of the place and clearly ensures an appreciation of the original layout. The existing shingle roof was left under the new roof of the stables as interpretation.
We showed confidence in our professional opinion and our methodology and conservation works were approved by the City of Swan and the Heritage Council of Western Australia.
What We Delivered
- Heritage advice
- Heritage Impact Assessment
- Grant application
- DA supporting documents