Riverside Cottages | Two Cottages At Richmond Bridge | Reunited

51 Bridge Street & 2 Gunning Street, Richmond

Saturday, Feb 24

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Architect/s: Unknown (1940)

Designer: Brendan Sharpe

Owner-Builder: Lesley French

Riverside Cottages: two cottages at Richmond Bridge – Reunited

Both cottages are sited on the north-west bank of the Coal River directly adjacent to Richmond Bridge, giving panoramic views of the sandstone bridge and Mill House diagonally opposite.

51 Bridge Street
The vertical weatherboard house was constructed in the late 1940s for Mrs K.M. Hammond and her son, John. Built from Tasmanian Oak (Eucalyptus), the original house was a simple square design with four main rooms and a hallway with the former entrance to Bridge Street facing to the south.  The addition of a bathroom and laundry were later added at the rear.

In the 1970s, an additional room was added to the north-east corner. The house underwent a major renovation in 2020 where the vertical weatherboards were fully removed, restored and reinstated, along with most sash windows and all original floorboards. Large decks and an ensuite and office spaces were added to southern side of the house and the front moved to the western side (driveway). Double-glazed sliding doors now open the house to the garden and spectacular views of the Bridge and hills beyond. The owners refer to this work as “putting a larger hat and coat on the house”.

2 Gunning Street
This one-bedroom weatherboard cottage was built for John Hammond as a home in 1950s on a block divided off from 51 Bridge St. John was a WW2 veteran who was well-known in Richmond, often seen in the street dressed in his army greatcoat. Bought by the owners of 51 Bridge St in 2005, the cottage is now reunited with the original 51 Bridge St property and has been fully refurbished as visitor accommodation. It broadly retains its original layout, as well as the weatherboards and floorboards. A laundry shed and a woodshed have been repurposed around both properties and a large deck and landscaped gardens offer unique views of the bridge.

Open: Saturday 24 February, 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm

Note: This is a general open; however, you must register to attend the property.
Access: One step into both houses. Gravel paths.


Richmond | Coal River Valley

Building Type


Architectural Period

Interwar (1919-1940)



History of Richmond

New to Program


Level Changes

Uneven Surfaces

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