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Rippon Lea Stage 4 Conservation Project
Elsternwick, Melbourne

his project forms stage 4 of the implementation of the Rippon Lea Conservation Policy by architects Bates Smart and Nigel Lewis Richard Aitken (NLRA). The focus was on the conservation of the pool surround and ballroom, designed by Robert B Hamilton and constructed in 1939. The challenge was to undertake conservation work that enables both the continued use as a museum house and garden and as a function centre, as well as to protect and restore the existing building fabric.

As the conservation architects, NLRA documented the periods of primary and contributory significance and the relevant policies. These policies outlined the preferred conservation processes and prioritised the works, used as the basis for Bates Smart to document and implement the works. The approach to the restoration was to repair and reinstatematerials and finishes that were in poor condition.

The purpose was to ensure Rippon Lea’s primary use as a museum house and garden and to enable its continued use as one of the National Trust’s flagship properties.

Client:
National Trust Australia (Victoria)

Completion:
September 2001

Downloads:
Ripponlea-Project-Sheet.pdf



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