Heritage homesteads to go under the hammer

Heritage homesteads to go under the hammer

The lots, from 39-43 Market Street, will be auctioned onsite on behalf of the state on May 23.

There are three historic buildings on the site: Fairholme, a single-storey Federation and Queen Anne-style brick-and-tile home; Old Fairholme, a Colonial Georgian style and Wellbourne House, a single storey brick-and-iron Victorian Georgian style home.

Realmark Commercial director Pasquale Cianfagna said the buildings were listed with the State’s Heritage Council and that the new owner would need to enter into an agreement with the council before settlement.

‘The whole site is part of the original sub-division of the Guildford townsite, one of the three original towns and established in the Swan River colony back in 1829,’ he said.

‘Wellbourne House was built by John Wellbourne who was responsible for a lot of building work around the Guildford area in the 1850s.

‘Fairholme and Old Fairholme are representative of a mansion and associated servants’ quarters and outbuildings, which were all developed in the early 1900s at a time of prosperity associated with the gold rush in WA.’

Mr Cianfagna said the properties were obtained by the State Government in the 1950s and were occupied by the Disability Services Commission.

‘Back in the 1980s, Fairholme was used as a hostel for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities,’ he said.

Lot 42 is 4506sqm and features Fairholme and Old Fairholme House and Lot 43 is 738sqm and includes Wellbourne House.

The properties will be open Wednesdays between 12pm and 1pm until the auction.

For more information, call Pasquale Cianfagna on 0418 907 300.