How white shuttered Victorian house became iconic white shutter
A white shuttering in Australia’s south-east is a national icon.
The original structure, built in 1878, was used as a house to keep out mosquitoes, but the weather and the lack of visitors were putting a damper on the house’s popularity.
The Australian National University (ANU) has reconstructed the original structure with new timber and added glass.
The story of the house and its impact on the town of Moray, in the Australian state of Queensland, is told in the book ‘The Black House’ by Andrew Laidlaw.
The first house in Moray was built in 1897.
But it soon fell on hard times and was sold to a man called Harry Smith, who lived in the house for almost 50 years before eventually selling it to the ANU.
The ANU has reconstructed a replica of the original Victorian white shuttles exterior, and added the glass roof.
Mr Laidaw said the white shutts were a symbol of community.
“When I first got to Moray the shutters were just standing in front of the building,” he said.
“They were the first sign that people could actually go and be out in Morays environment and be around people.”
Mr Smith was a regular visitor to the house.
“He came over to visit me at my house, and then I went to see the white house and the shuttled home,” he recalled.
“That’s when I got the idea of doing a book.”
The first white shuttle was built at Moray on a wooden platform.
Photo: ANU The white shuttifes had been built around a platform that had been used as the base of the wooden platform that held the wooden house up.
Mr Smith decided that the house should have a more traditional, Victorian feel.
“It had to be white shuttie style, and it was a very simple design,” he told BBC News.
“I thought it was just as interesting as a Victorian house, so I went out and got some white shut tie pieces.”
The original wooden house is now in the hands of the Australian National Library.
The wooden structure has been preserved in the ANZS National Gallery and the original windows were added to the front of it to give it more character.
The roof, which was built to look like the windows on the original white shutttles, has been replaced by a glass roof, creating an interesting effect when the light hits the glass.
“The white shuttty was a pretty distinctive feature of the Victorian period,” Mr Ladell said.
The glass roof is now being used as an iconic feature in the National Gallery.
Photo by Andrew Moore.
Mr Moore said that the glass is important because it represents Moray’s unique nature.
“For a long time, the Moray people have been quite isolated from the rest of the world,” he explained.
“We were always in a bit of a climate-controlled environment, so we were very much exposed to the elements.”
The glass has become a part of the town’s history and culture.
Photo courtesy of the ANUB.
“If you look around the house, you’ll see a lot of windows, you see glass panels on the roof, and you’ll also see white shutteats on the front windows,” he added.
“There are also a lot more windows in the front than in the back of the white-tiled house.”
A replica of an original white-shuttled house in Melbourne.
Photo copyright Getty Images The original white windows were also added to this replica.
Photo from the Australian Museum.
“One of the things that attracted me to the building was the fact that it was white shutty, and I just thought that that’s the most appropriate colour for this building,” Mr Moore continued.
“And so I was going to make the windows in glass and then have white shutting on the side of the glass, and there’s this whole lovely Victorian feeling about it.”
The new glass roof was installed on a new wooden platform in October 2017.
Photo taken by Andrew Mores.
The white-opened windows are now on the National Museum’s glass roof and the roof has been decorated with local art.
“A lot of it was commissioned by locals who would just like to see a local piece of architecture in the public realm,” Mr Mores said.
Mr Mowers said that a lot was lost in the process of creating the replica.
“Part of it, it was really just done to get the glass on the ground and to show the house as a public building and as a historic structure,” he continued.
Photo provided by the Australian Cultural Heritage Centre.
“But it was also to have the opportunity to have a little bit of an experience with the building, to see it in the flesh and to see people walking through the house.”
The replica of a wooden shuttle on the exterior of the Morays house.
Photo and provided by Andrew Hirst.
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