Food and wine writer Curtis Marsh bought Australia's first Salvation Army barracks in 1996, after it had been vacant for a decade, converting the empty 6,000-square-foot structure into a three-bedroom home that's pretty unique, even for design-friendly, conversion-crazy Melbourne. As summarized in the Wall Street Journal, the renovation he then embarked upon involved the "mammoth task" of replacing the roof, replastering the walls, and putting in new floors of purple-flecked yellow sandstone, cut from a single slab imported directly from a quarry in Portugal. Marsh also filled out the void left by the 28-foot-high Baltic-timber ceiling with a "non-invasive mezzanine level" where he put the bedrooms and a carpeted entertainment area.
Marsh likens the space to "a big church hall" with "nice bones." Features leftover from the original 1884 structure include bluestone foundations, walls made with two sets of double brick, and some very charming signage on the largely intact façade. Also on offer, for a total of $4.7M, is a "two-story section" which Marsh tells the Journal "can be developed into a multi-story, self-contained building with multiple bedrooms and living and entertainment areas."