Sunshine Coast Open House is the region’s largest public architecture and design festival with behind-the-scenes tours and special experiences.
FREE Event
22 & 23 October 2022

1. Bankfoot House

Saturday & Sunday

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Nestled in the renowned Glass House Mountains, state heritage listed Bankfoot House was built in 1868 in time to welcome the first Cobb & Co coach on its journey from Brisbane to the Gympie goldfields. At this time, the property served as a lunch stop, staging post, post office and accommodation. It remains the oldest surviving residence in the district.

Bankfoot House has seen many changes over the years. In 1878 a new building was constructed at the rear of the original house using local pit-sawn timber, beech and cedar. Other earlier buildings included a butcher shop, dairy, laundry, stables and feed shed. After surviving many years, the 1868 house was dismantled in 1930, with some timber used to extend the 1878 house. Changes included a lower roofline and new kitchen. In the 1960s the northern and eastern verandahs were enclosed.

The property remained in the same family for 134 years until 2004 when Council purchased the building and its contents. In 2015 the architecturally designed Mary Grigor Centre was built as an interpretive, research and archival space, and in 2018 the old shed was restored. The heritage precinct now offers a full heritage and museum experience, including a First Nations interactive virtual experience.


Design Redesigned @ Bankfoot House TALK

Saturday 23 October // 10am – 11am


Buildings either remain static forever or evolve over time due to structural necessity or functional repurposing. The award-winning Mary Grigor Centre at the Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct has evolved over the past six years to become a fully functional interpretive centre and archival store. Hear how observation, evaluation and planning led to the significant functional changes that can be seen today. From sight-unseen termites to the necessity to reseal floors and walls, the outcome has contributed to raising the level of collection management, exhibitions, and events. Staying true to the original design, the small theatrette now boasts a natural timber wall, which further enhances the centre’s wooden beam and raked ceilings. The repurposed theatrette showcases the First Nations at Bankfoot House virtual experience, which enables visitors to immerse themselves in a world prior to European settlement. Tour the precinct grounds to see other areas repurposed for interpretation.

1. Bankfoot House

Address: 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains


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