Mess House - Administrative Building - Grade 1

A substantial building of seven bays and three storeys, all constructed from rubble masonry and cut blue and red stone ashlar forming opening and corners. The rear elevation is largely cut red stone, with low single centred arches over openings and large red stone buttresses. Joinery to this face is all timber, with small paned casement windows. The front elevation (east) is rendered, and dominated by a large veranda at all three floors. The ground floor has rendered concrete railway track columns with cut blue stone step leading up to the ground floor along the whole length of the front. Joinery at this level is all timber, with low single centred arched topped double doors, glazed over with some glazed to within 0.4m of the floor. The first floor has similar glazed doors in all bays, leading onto the veranda, with a decorative casing around the central door, the top floor has a similar central door with casement windows in other bays. Roof is corrugated sheet, hipped and double pitched. Interior has large quantities of original joinery: doors, partitions and flooring as well as other ancillary features.

Interpretation: a substantial military building, originally the officers mess. Almost completely extant in its original form, with historic joinery etc. Veranda is interesting, could be a replacement for a timber structure.

Historical context: Originally officers mess hall.

Significance comments: Highly complete military building with mcuh potential for standing building archaeology. internal paint finishes are likely. Almost complete original joinery. Interesting veranda. Important part of Jamestown landscape.

Basic Information

Parcel: JT050024|JT050024A|JT050024B

Latest inspection date: 8/29/2011

Inspected by: BMJ

Interior inspected: No

Inspected for: HER Creation

Type: Administrative Building

Sub type: Military ancillary structure Sub type 2: None

Main period: Crown Colony

Period 2: None Period 3: None

Period 4: None Period 5: None




Trend: Deteriorating

Days work to stabilse: 50

Condition comment: Roof and drainage require work. Ground floor verandah needs investigation to determine corrosion within concrete. Any reuse will require very careful consideration of internal joinery and finishes which should be retained.

Occupied: Yes

Feasible to occupy: Yes

Accessibility: Easily Accessible

Reuse Possibilities

None: No Tourist attraction: Yes Tourist accommodation: Yes Dwelling: Yes Public amenity: Yes Commercial: Yes Administrative: Yes Agricultural: No

Associated finds: None

Sources: None

Additional information: None

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