A once in 150-years' opportunity to purchase a unique slice of history — Pendragon Hall

Here is an opportunity to own a piece of Hobart’s history close to the city centre, to make into a superb home, strata into two units or continue its current successful role as holiday accommodation.

Built in 1855, the magnificent sandstone church of St John the Baptist was deconsecrated in 1998 and renamed Pendragon Hall; it is now legally recognised by Hobart Council as a private dwelling.

The initial paperwork has been completed to allow for two strata dwellings if wished.

Position, position, position

Just one block from Hobart's CBD, on the corner of Goulburn Street and Forest Road.

A remarkable building in many ways, Pendragon Hall retains its charming ecclesiastical details (see it featured on Leatherwood Online) but has been adapted for comfortable modern living. The large nave area contains two bedroom areas (there could be more) and a new, spacious bathroom. A large Saxon fan-forced slow-combustion stove gives out wonderful, steady heat.

To one side is a roomy workmanlike kitchen, with plenty of bench space and a great deal of storage.

Downstairs, reached by side steps, is another living area, currently furnished as a self-contained apartment with its own bathroom and a kitchenette.

A small, pretty garden surrounds Pendragon Hall. With two street frontages, parking is never a problem but there exists an opportunity to create off-street parking subject to negotiations with the council.

The impressive double doors are original, as is the flooring of hand-sawn eucalypt and Tasmanian oak with the lovely patina only age and history can provide, and that much coveted 160-170mm width.

In the kitchen is another interesting floor, of painted concrete with here and there, just visible, gold motifs in the shape of a club card stencilled on its surface. The overall result is just the sort of ‘stressed’ patterning that artists today strive to recreate with modern paint methods — but this is for real, and would buff up a treat.

Kitchen cupboards are of stained pine, with strong and simple lines, while broad benchspace makes it a kitchen easy to work in. The 600mm electric oven with gas cooktop is by Tecknika.

Perhaps most notable of all are the stained glass windows throughout the church, decorative, historic and in good condition. A four-panel window is also important because it is the work of a local maker; in common with nearly all colonial churches, the remaining windows were imported; all are richly coloured and endlessly absorbing.