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Wallace Ward


An almost derelict structure is now alive with character and opportunity and bursting with colour, sophistication and heritage.

Painting of original building
Painting of original building

The Ovens & Murray Hospital for the Aged in Beechworth is of architectural and historical significance to the State of Victoria. This is due to its early association with the development of Beechworth and its dominant siting within the town. It is illustrative of the civic development that took place in the town after the peak of the gold rush, when Beechworth was emerging as the administrative centre of the north east of Victoria. The 12 bed Wallace Memorial Ward, funded by the local mining entrepreneur and parliamentarian, J.A. Wallace and designed by the architect Donald Fiddes, was constructed by Thomas Sandham and John Lyell at a cost of £1176 in 1890. The first ward built solely for female residents. It was financed almost entirely by a donation of £1100 by John Wallace as a memorial to his wife who had died in childbirth some years before.

Wallace ward built 1890

After many years of bringing to life a multi award winning accommodation residence in the same town, the clients were not afraid of a challenge to rejuvenate this historically significant project.

Bold yet tasteful colours were chosen to complement in the living areas, with statement wallpapers teamed with neutral colours in the bedrooms and small rooms.

Detail of extension
Roofing additions

The meandering palette of supporting neutrals includes Resene Thorndon Cream and Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream in the studio, colours repeated in the master bedroom, ensuite and TV room, Resene Albescent White in the powder room, Resene Double Napa, Resene Napa and Resene Quarter Napa in the hallways, continued into the library/lounge with a feature wall of Resene Wonderland and a fireplace tower and bookcase in Resene Triple Napa. Resene Blanc is a warm in the kitchen contrasted with Resene Quarter Napa in the pantry. Resene Shelter adds extra depth in the laundry, while Resene Half Secrets and Resene Secrets in two bedrooms are soothing and sleep conducive.

Resene Environmental Choice paints are chosen throughout, with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen and Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel chosen for their quality and low VOCs.

Back extension
Murray Hospital Brickwork
Murray Hospital Brickwork
Roof detail
Entryway and door
Exterior detail
Extension on the side of building
Light and roof detail

Building contractor: Scott James Builders
Colour selection: Judi Richards
Painting contractor: Eladio Gouveia
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2018

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