Restoring historic house
RESTORING the 108-year-old Presentation House - one of Lismore's oldest buildings - is a delicate operation.
Owned by the Diocese of Lismore, the original convent was built in 1886 to house three Presentation Sisters and eight postulants who had come from Ireland to teach Catholic children.
It was destroyed by a fire in 1905, so the foundation stone for a new convent was laid later that same year.
The building was also where young women prepared for the vows of religious life and were trained as teachers.
The restoration of Presentation House is now moving into its next phase.
Scaffolding has been erected and the building is now ready for its external facelift, including a new roof.
The Diocesan business manager, Greg Isaac, said the roof tiles would be replaced and the exterior walls would be painted, helping to enhance the building's facade.
As the Diocese of Lismore celebrates its 125th anniversary, Presentation House is a physical representation of the presence of the Catholic Church in the region
He also said the layout of the building was being reinstated to the original design.
Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett said the work would help protect this iconic building into the future.
"As the Diocese of Lismore celebrates its 125th anniversary, Presentation House is a physical representation of the presence of the Catholic Church in the region," he said.
"It is culturally valuable to the Lismore community."
Mayor Jenny Dowell recently inspected the building and said the restoration was a fantastic opportunity for local people to work on such an important project.
"Most people can only dream about working on such an historical project with the unusual and delicate requirements of each section of the building," Cr Dowell said.
"I was stunned at the detail that has been considered in the project, such as numbering each floorboard as they are taken up so they can be replaced in the same position and the care that was taken to uncovering beautiful, original fireplaces."