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