Levi Wallis Cottage

Western Australia

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Western Australian Architecture Awards
Commendation - Conservation Award - 2006

Heritage identification and conservation is much more than just saving icons and needs to be representative of the broad range elements of our culture. This project was about conserving a modest place and showing how people lived on the land in fairly spartan circumstances.

The project aimed to conserve as much authentic fabric as possible and to adapt the place for simple contemporary uses. The work is based on a conservation plan prepared by Laura Gray and the adaptation has been planned around conserving significant fabric, removing intrusive fabric, and adapting spaces. The place has been sympathetically fitted out and furnished and is used for accommodation. The stables are used for a variety of purposes and are designed to provide flexible space for displays, studio space, talks, and so on - community festival events. The project has been funded to a large extent by the owners, but has received a substantial amount of support through the Heritage Council's Heritage Grants Program and is on the State Heritage list.

Levi Wallis gave his name to the town of Walliston. He built his cottage and outbuildings in about 1915 and these buildings continued to evolve until the property was vacated in 1978. By this time the place was in poor condition. The property was bought by the present owners to save it from destruction and to conserve it.