Happiness as Anarchy #174: Life in old buildings

I’m a big fan of old buildings, and I’m not particularly fussy about which era. Old, stylish, beautiful, ornate, well-designed … a few of those factors and my heart is happy. My favourite kind of old building is one that is being used, rather than the museum model. Struan House just north of Coonawarra in South Australia is a fabulous example. It is a magnificent house built in 1875 by Scottish pastoralist John Robertson, and is now home to the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (and where I had a meeting this morning – best board room ever!). The splendour and history of the building is only enhanced by the presence of people working in it. If you’re in the area and curious you can take a self-guided tour during office hours.

By Amie Brûlée

Amie Brûlée is a musician, performer, teacher and researcher. She sings, plays piano, double bass and ukulele, unearths old songs and writes new ones. Amie also has a PhD in wine and anthropology and adores teaching wine tasting, gastronomy and song-writing. Amie lives in central Victoria with a house full of instruments, a head full of songs and a cellar full of wine.

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