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Newtown’s Kirrewur Court sells for undisclosed figure

A SPRAWLING Newtown property built in 1891 for prominent Geelong wool merchant Charles Shannon quietly changed hands last month in an off-market sale.

Kirrewur Court, at 77 Prospect Rd, was snapped up for an undisclosed figure by a local developer who plans to restore the now reception centre back to its original use as a family home.

Positioned on an 1824sq m allotment off Pakington St, the 19th century dwelling was designed by architect Charles Douglas Figgis for Mr Shannon — who was also president of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce and Newtown’s mayor at the turn of the century — and displays a signature terracotta tiled roof and a commanding circular tower derived from the French chateaux of the early sixteenth century.

The purchaser said it was his love of historic homes that attracted him to Kirrewur Court.

“We just wanted a large block in Newtown and my wife and I both like older properties so we wanted something that was old with a bit of character,” he said.

“After looking at this a few times and thinking about it we decided to give it a go.”

It is believed the heritage-listed property was converted into a reception centre around the late 1950s, however the new owner said original materials were still present on the grounds.

“It’s interesting because a lot of the original building materials have been retained on site,” he said.

“All the bricks were kept there and became pavers, there’s an old garden retaining wall that’s intact underneath one of the extensions, so whether they did that on purpose I don’t know, but in the renovations they’ve been sympathetic to someone being able to renovate it into the future.”

“We’re finding the more we look the more we find, and it won’t be until we start peeling back the layers and taking down those extensions that we’ll see what’s revealed underneath.”

The Geelong local purchased the property through Mark Mayfield of Mayfield Real Estate.

Mr Mayfield said the new owner was on the hunt for historic photos of the property that may reveal how it looked in its early days and assist with the refurbishment.

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