Home is where the art is
PERCHED partway atop a hill overlooking the township of Burnie, this heritage and national trustlisted home represents the epitome of a Federation Queen Anne residence.
But it is also a family home full of life, light and laughter.
Artist Patrick Grieve and high school principal Judy Fahey have called the 1907- built Lenna home for the past decade.
“We had a little Federation house on the other side of Burnie and we basically outgrew it,” Patrick explained.
“It was on the market and one of the local real estate agents knew about the house [ Lenna] and it was being rented at the time so he made a few inquiries with the owner.
“We made them an offer and that was it, we’ve been here ever since.
“It was in good condition – it was relatively well restored.
“We’ve done some fairly extensive renovations ourselves, mostly bathroom and kitchen work.”
The four- bedroom house has had many owners in its history, including former Tasmanian politician Roger Groom and his wife Gay, who conducted a lot of background research into the home.
When it wasn’t been used as a grand family home, the residence was divided up into three fl ats which saw the more ornate section of the home boarded up.
“Our understanding from the Grooms is that the more formal parts of the house, including the original dining room, hallway entrance and parlour, were boarded up – nailed shut with big sheets of cardboard and left unused from 19611975,” Patrick said.
“I think in that period of time housing was short, Burnie was growing and they decided to divide it up to get more use out of it.”
The heart of the home is the renovated kitchen area which leads out onto the verandah.
Painter Patrick uses the former stables as his studio.
Despite his eye for colour and design, it was Judy who took the reins when it came to modernising the interior colour schemes.
The huge hallway required scaffolding and industrial amounts of paint when the pair touched it up.
Features such as the 13- foot high ceilings, ornate archways and timber fretwork create a grandiose feel but at its heart, this is a home for families.
This is evident from the slide leading off the front verandah and the hammocks swinging alongside them.
“It was built to have children in it and it feels very warm and welcoming,” Patrick said.
“It overlooks the township of Burnie and it’s just a lovely view.
“We see the sun come up and the waters of Bass Strait, the movement and sound of the town. – We liked older- style homes and that’s really its charm.”
The home is made all the more special due to it being one of the few remaining older homes still found on the port- side of town.
“The township literally had the highway cut through the middle of it and a lot of homes in the area were knocked down to make way for it,” Patrick explained of