AN APARTMENT in Birida, one of Armidale’s most historic homes, is on the market for the first time in 27 years
It is expected to fetch about $600,000.
Current owner Beth Moore bought the apartment in 1989 with physicist husband Terry.
The daughter of William Dickson, president of the Upper House from 1952 to 1966, Ms Moore toured Australia in the late 1940s as a performer and stage manager with the John Alden Shakespeare Company.
Birida was built in 1907 as a retirement property for pioneer pastoralist George Baker.
It was, in its time, considered one of the finest Federation mansions and sits on 2384 square metres.
Made from Armidale blue brick, Birida originally had staff cottages, large stables, a cow bale and two paddocks.
In 1940 the property was bought from the Baker family by the Presbyterian Church to be used as the country arm of the Presbyterian Ladies’ College.
When PLC decamped in the 1960s to their current position on North Hill, Birida was bought by retired architect J.R Magoffin who remained in the property till his death in the late 1980s.
Birida was divided into four apartments in 1991 and it is apartment three, the main section of the original home, that is for sale.
The apartment is listed with Uphill and Schaefer director Gail Schaefer.
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