The Duntryleague Mansion Foundation hosted a scrumptious Sunday Lunch on August 4 to inform donors and potential donors of the plans and progress for the improvements and maintenance of the iconic Duntryleague Mansion.
The event was also a social celebration to mark two milestones; the lodgement of a Development Application with the Orange City Council and the donations received to date from members of the community.
Public fundraising for the project commenced in June this year with a third of the anticipated one million dollars to be raised from the community being fulfilled in the first two months of the campaign.
Heritage architect, Ian Stapleton and his wife Maisy, a heritage interior designer and decorator gave an informative back history of the Mansions architect, Benjamin Backhouse and the view of what needed to be done for the future. It was pointed out that the Mansion is a significant building in regional NSW for its structural integrity, its architectural features and its landscaped position. It is well understood that the building is worth preserving as a true icon within the region and for the city of Orange.
The forthcoming activity for the building will be the installation of a lift. The lift will not impinge on the historical or structural ambience of the building but it will make life easier for guests with luggage and the housekeeping staff. The magnificent staircase is a pleasure to walk up and down (without luggage) providing the opportunity to view the unique stained glass window on the first landing.
Guests attending the lunch enjoyed welcome drinks in the sunshine around the porte cochere which was the first structural project to be undertaken by the Foundation.
The lunch was held in the Dalton Room with two descendants of the Dalton Family in attendance. The Mayor, Reg Kidd acknowledged the Dalton Family for its important input to the initial development of Orange.
When Foundation Board Member, John Kierath introduced the Stapletons to the seventy plus guests he stated that the whole project; to maintain the building, redecorate the rooms, landscape the gardens and car parks was estimated to cost six million dollars. He added that the total project would be carried-out over several years and as funds became available.
Guests enjoyed a tour of the building before departing and left with an appreciation of the project and an interest in supporting the Foundation’s objectives.
In the Media:
Central Western Daily – 4th August – Duntryleague mansion to receive a lift in $6 million upgrade plan
Central Western Daily – 10th August – Duntryleague rare photo reveals vineyard where current golf course sits
Duntryleague Mansion Foundation