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Historic Mansfield House for sale

Maitland’s historic Mansfield House is on the market.

The building, known locally as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Maitland, is predicted to reach between $2.7 and $3.4 million from buyers.

Located in the heart of Maitland at 315 High Street, the Italianate Classical Revival style beauty was the vision of colonial architect George Mansfield.

Originally built in 1887, it previously operated as banking chambers, first by CBC and then NAB, until 1990.

During its colourful history, the bank was robbed in 1983 by two men who hid in the building overnight.

In the morning, staff were bound and gagged and threatened with sawn-off shotguns.

John Laws reportedly started his radio career here, when the top floor was used as a broadcasting room, and it is rumoured the unusually high number of telephone lines going into the building may have been due to an SP bookmakers’ operation.

The site is zoned B4 mixed use and sits on 1,943 square metres of land.

The three-storey property is heritage-listed.

The building features a 20-metre façade, built from 1,000 tonnes of Pyrmont sandstone finely carved with masks, fruit, flowers, pillars and pediments.

Aside from a large function room and manicured gardens, the venue offers the potential for 10 studio apartments to be utilized as boutique accommodation.

In 2012, Tom Richards and his business partner Christian Cramp, undertook extensive restoration works in a bid to return the beauty to its former glory.

Updates included painting walls, replacing tiling and re-varnishing seating, and continued until 2016.

The pair were hoping Mansfield House would become Maitland’s go-to venue for weddings, private functions and other community events.

When the Newcastle Weekly interviewed the duo in March 2018, Mr Cramp said he’d put a lot of thought into every little detail of the business.

“We didn’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for it to just look good from the outside,” he said.

“There’s nothing of this complete standard in the middle of Maitland – you have to go to the vineyards or the middle of Newcastle.

“We’re a different option.”

Mansfield House is for sale through agent Brendan Sarroff from Commercial Collective.

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