Blue Magnolia

99 Molle Street, Hobart

Architect: Unknown (1814), Biotope Architecture and Interiors (2018)

Blue Magnolia is a rare remaining example of an 1840s row house building, which has been restored to accommodate twenty-first century life. The existing stone building stands alongside a playful yet understated timber-clad addition that provides modern amenities.

A pair of row houses crying out for restoration caught the eye of the owners, who had successfully completed a similar project. Many similar buildings have fallen victim to 20th century commercial expansion, so conservation and restoration – not only of the physical structure but also of the original ‘use’ – was therefore appropriate.

New work inside the original building hints at a previous layout and two original stairwells, long removed, now are represented by a void and visible upper floor patching. Original openings through the thick stone walls remain, and new openings are visually treated as ‘new’. The original dual entry doors remain but a new main entry is located to protect the original building fabric.

Open:  Saturday 12 November, 1 pm–4 pm, Sunday 13 November 10 am–1 pm




Building Type


Architectural Period

Contemporary (2001-current)



New to Program


Stair Access Only

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