About Eildon Mansion
Eildon Mansion, 51 Grey Street, ST KILDA
The Alliance Française de Melbourne purchased Eildon Mansion in August 2006 and moved there in July 2007 after a year of renovations.
EILDON MANSION'S HISTORY
In 1871 pastoralist John Lang Currie (1818-1898) commissioned the prestigious Melbourne architectural firm of Reed & Barnes to completely remodel and extend the existing Barham House at 51 Grey Street, St Kilda. Currie, one of the greatest sheep breeders and landowners of the western district of Victoria, who owned the property “Lara” near Camperdown, effectively retired to St Kilda in the late 1870’s, then regarded as Melbourne’s most prestigious suburb. The central section of the building (the original house) was built in 1850, barely 20 years after Melbourne was founded, making it one of St Kilda’s oldest houses.
The mansion named Eildon in 1877 has retained extensive original internal features such as sandstone, marble and timber mantelpieces, ceiling roses, bay windows and large basement quarters for servants and a cellar.
Converted to a guesthouse around 1930, Eildon was used until recently as a 40-room short-term accommodation/backpackers Hostel. Situated on approximately 2,198m2 of land, the 20-room house itself covers an area of roughly 1,261m2 and the remaining 20 other rooms are located in the stables, built alongside the house.
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