Figure 115 Segmentally arched fanlight above door opening between S4 and S7. Figure 116 Fireplace, S6. LOVELL CHEN 113 OSBORNE HOUSE Figure 117 Iron door tracks, S7.
S7 The large central former equestrian entrance (1890s) functions as the entrance to the Geelong Maritime Museum.
The former coach house, which was used as a gymnasium during the Naval College period of occupation, is a large open exhibition space, with exhibits being mainly freestanding.
As built, the floors of these areas are believed to have been cobbled.63 The present concrete, covered with carpet, may conceal the cobbles.
The west wall of the former equestrian entrance is comprised of a modern timber infill, painted white, with a door in the centre.
The east wall is modern timber-framed glazing with a central doorway.
The ceiling is painted beaded timber lining.
Iron door tracks suspended from the ceiling are a legacy of the original doors that filled the central opening to the west elevation (see Figure 117).
The walls of the former coach house are painted brick, with sections of beaded timber lining painted.
The ceiling is stained beaded timber lining, with surface-mounted box fluorescent lighting S8-S12 The north wing and northern of the east wing (late-1850s) is exhibition space occupied by the Geelong Maritime Museum.
These spaces were fitted out in c. 2004-05 by the City of Greater Geelong.64 Modern timber floors were inserted, and the brick walls refurbished and paint stripped.
The beaded timber ceiling to the former horse shower room (S9) retains its original opening to roof space, from which water was poured.
S13-S16 It is believed that S13 and S14 were originally stables; S15 was the grain store; and S16 was a store accessed from the courtyard and south elevation.
A doorway to the north wall of S13 has been blocked.
Both S13 and S14 retain their original beaded timber ceiling lining. 114 LOVELL CHEN PHYSICAL ANALYSIS S15 is fitted out as a meeting/lecture room.
S16 is essentially unchanged, with exposed timber floor boards and beaded timber ceiling lining and plaster walls.
S17 As built, S17 comprised two passageways either side of a wall.
As existing, the space has been adapted to toilets.
SF1 (Former hayloft) The former hayloft has plaster walls and timber lined walls and ceiling.
Decorative metalwork to the trusses is still visible.65 Summary The stables and coach house complex dates to the original Muirhead estate, with a significant addition in the 1890s.
It is substantially intact to these periods of construction.
Since the end of Phillip Russell’s tenure of Osborne House, when it is assumed the stables and coach house largely ceased to be used for its original purpose, the complex has been adapted to the needs of the various occupants of Osborne House.
Since the early-1990s, the west, north and half of the east wings have been occupied by the Geelong Maritime Museum.
These changes of uses have variously required modifications to the building, primarily to the interior. LOVELL CHEN 115 OSBORNE HOUSE
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