28 and 29 July, 2018 times to be announced
Ercildoune’s window conservation is supported by the Victorian Government.
A Living Heritage Program grant of $45,000 has been awarded to undertake urgent works to address the rotting cedar window frames at Ercildoune.
Originally built for the National Bank of Australasia in 1876, the building is now owned and managed by the Footscray Historical Society, and public access is facilitated through tours, exhibitions and research opportunities. The works will mitigate further deterioration to the building’s original fabric, and will improve the insulation and health and safety conditions of the building’s interior.
The society uses Heritage Victoria’s conservation advice, publications and list of consultants and tradespeople to find experts to help with conservation and repairs. Current needs for conservation include addressing the condition of the windows and improving disability access. The wider Footscray community is interested in the history of the building and appreciates the society’s long commitment to the property.
“Obtaining a conservation report from a heritage consultant has been invaluable in helping us prioritise what we need to do and when.”
Ercildoune is open each Tuesday 10 – 2 pm, the first Saturday of each month 10 – 3 pm and at other times for special events and school groups. It is used by the Footscray Historical Society as well as various local organisations.
66 Napier St Footscray 3011
Enter via Hyde Street door, opposite Footscray Police Station
66 Napier St Footscray
03 9689 3820
Every Tuesday 10am - 2pm
First Saturday of the month 10am - 3pm
Footscray Historical Society entrance is on the west side of Ercildoune i.e. Hyde Street opposite Police Station