Once known as ‘Erindale’, the historic house currently named Colgan Hall has been put on the market by the Loreto Sisters.
The 1878 red brick home was built by Thomas Colgan on massive bluestone foundations, and was regarded as one of Ballarat’s most substantial and striking buildings at the time.
It was bought by Clarendon College in 1924 as staff and student accommodation and altered extensively.
Current City of Ballarat mayor Samantha Macintosh and her husband bought the property in 1996 and set about restoring some of the building’s original charm and detail.
They removed external walls that had connected the building to another extension next door and reintroduced period patterns, as well as exposing the wide return verandahs that had been built in.
Since its purchase by the Loreto Sisters the building has been extended massively at the rear, with small bedrooms and living areas added.
There is also a cellar that has been converted to a small living area underneath the original building.
This gives the building a total of 10 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, on a block of almost 2500m square.
Neil Jens, director of Red Circle Real Estate, says he expects the property will fetch well in excess of $2 million.
“It’s really only limited by someones imagination, a building of this size,” he said.