Rusten House Arts Centre

  • Project typeCapital Works
  • Project value$250,000

Rusten House was built in 1861 and is one of Queanbeyan's most significant properties. Originally built to replace the Benevolent Asylum to serve the more affluent community, by the early twentieth century Rusten House became a community hospital, then a nurses' dormitory during the 1930s. In 1991 it was renamed as Rusten House after the hospital's first matron Mary Rusten. Rusten House is listed as a Heritage Item on the State Heritage Register established under Part 3A of the Heritage Act 1977  Listing No 00552 – 1999.

In November 2016 the NSW Government gave funding of $250,000 for the upgrade and this amount will be matched by Council.

The project includes:

  • re-wiring
  • re-plumbing
  • new bathroom
  • new kitchen
  • fit out including painting and flooring

The structure had issues with asbestos and lead paint, has some structural defects, needs to be re-wired and re-plumbed, and had been vandalised whilst it has been unoccupied. We have completed work to make the premises structurally sound and undertaken some preliminary work to restore the exterior of the building.  

Approvals, plans and on-going heritage consultations have taken considerable time over the life of the project thus far. This has translated into a considerable delay in the beginning of building works from what was initially anticipated. All necessary planning and heritage approvals and consultations have been obtained for the full scope of works and Council is now equipped to move full steam ahead on the project. New roofing work, which is a major component of the restoration of Rusten House, will begin in January 2019. Once the roofing work is complete the remainder of the building works will be completed by mid-2019.


The remainder of building works to complete include the internal building refurbishment and to construct the carpark under separate contract.



Antill Street, Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan 2620  View Map

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