His­toric school­house re­stored in Carrs Creek

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FOR her en­tire life, Deb­o­rah Claassens wanted to own a his­tor­i­cal build­ing, and when the Carrs Creek school­house and teach­ers’ res­i­dence came onto her radar, her dreams came true.

“When I came here the school was in av­er­age con­di­tion and it had many el­e­ments of the 70s in here, so when our renter left we de­cided to re­fur­bish the school, and when we fin­ished we thought it looked bet­ter than we imag­ined,” she said.

Now, the old school­house is a short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Mrs Claassens has re­fur­bished the school­house to be as close to the orig­i­nal build­ing as pos­si­ble, adding replica finials, re­plac­ing the old school bell and in­clud­ing a lot of Carrs Creek his­tory in the restora­tion.

“I feel that peo­ple are used to stay­ing in mo­tels and ho­tels, and although they might be nice places, they don’t have that feel­ing that you are en­ter­ing into a new lit­tle world,” she said.

“That’s what I’ve tried to give peo­ple here, a lit­tle sense of the past.”

Mrs Claassens has put a lot of time into en­sur­ing the de­tails of the house are true to the his­tory.

“Kerry Adams who owned the house be­fore me, she did a lot of work in the house and she recre­ated ev­ery­thing with the best ma­te­ri­als and the best trades­men and I feel like I have to carry that on,” she said.

Mrs Claassens said with­out the help and guid­ance of the lo­cal peo­ple, she wouldn’t have been able to re­store the school. With their help she found the right peo­ple with the right knowl­edge to help re­store it.

PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

TRUE TO ORIG­I­NAL: Deb­o­rah and Her­man Claassens in­side the Carrs Creek school­house.

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