Newcastle City Council will begin renovation work today on a historic building that has stood watch over the city from atop King Edward Park since the 1890s.
Restoration and reconstruction works to the cottage are commencing onsite in July 2017. Work is expected to take up to eight months and will be completed in late February 2018. The restoration comes as the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) considers a plan for the future use of the timber cottage and wider State Heritage-listed Shepherds Hill Defence Group site.
Including a new roof and plumbing, repair of wooden windows and renewal of cladding, posts and beams, the overhaul will also see unauthorised extensions made by various tenants demolished.