Potential to transform grand old post office

Potential to transform grand old post office

An art gallery owner, restaurateur and lawyer are among potential buyers interested in the heritage-listed post office at Richmond, in Sydney’s Hawkesbury district.

The stately Victorian Italianate-style double storey building, which dates back to 1875, is being sold through Ray White Richmond with a price guide of $3.5m to $3.8m.

Positioned on a 1535 sqm parcel of land next to one of the oldest cricket ovals in Australia, its facade may seem familiar to Sydney residents.

It was designed by colonial architect James Barnet, who also created the famous Sydney GPO and Customs House buildings.

Ray White Richmond principal Peter Chidgey said it has generated interest both locally and internationally ahead of its first open inspection to be held this Saturday.

“This building is iconic within the district, full of charm, timeless character and steeped in glorious history,” he said.

“ The design and location of the building make it a focal point of the commercial precinct of Richmond, bestowing it with its landmark qualities.”

Its second storey veranda was added in 1888 by Samuel Bought. The property, which is considered one of the finest examples of early Hawkesbury architecture been restored over the years but retains many period features such as its high ceilings, arch-shaped windows, ornate fireplaces, large glass pendant lights and timber flooring.

It has been constructed from struck trowelled clinker brick with a hipped slate roof, with three chimneys.

The building, which was also known as the Richmond Telegraph Office, was added to the NSW State Heritage register mid-June 2000.

The property was used more recently as a head office for the World Cup Polo.

“There’s been drawings made up to create a restaurant and bar which makes a lot of sense too,” Mr Chidgey said.

“You could also easily establish a pizzeria in the stables out the back which sits next to the playground besides one of the oldest official cricket ovals in Australia.

“That oval isn’t going anywhere and neither are these buildings, so the opportunity is very real.”

The property is located a short walk to the local shopping precinct and transport.

It is scheduled to be auctioned on April 6 at 12pm.

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