Catholic Homes Inc
W Fairweather & Son
The former 'Niana' Homestead has been largely conserved and refurbished. Constructed originally as a homestead and centre for agricultural property it was later the centrepiece of the former Castledare Boys Home. The homestead has returned to much of its original configuration of spacious rooms arranged around a central corridor at ground floor level. Internal spaces have been minimally adapted as self-contained flats for retired priests, plus a communal lounge. Western extensions were demolished and a part new western facade was constructed. The handsome Federation Queen Anne homestead with its encircling verandahs, was fully restored externally, including reconstruction of the original verandah formation. Once again 'Niana' homestead largely reflects its former glory.
This project received a Commendation in the 2004 Royal Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter Awards - Heritage Council Conservation Award.