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Coleraine (fmr), Katanning


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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32 Beaufort St Katanning

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Cornerstone Assembly, Coleraine Private Hospi
Maranartha, Grammer School for Boys,

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1906

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - Does not warrant assessment Current 17 Apr 2014

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 5

Category 5

• Contributes to local character • Significant but not essential to history of area

Statement of Significance

Dr House was a "well respected and fondly remembered family doctor and a prominent member of the Katanning community" [Anderson, p. 115] The house has been used for many important community functions, including a doctors residence, a boys grammar school and a private maternity hospital - where some of Katanning's most prominent citizens were born.

Physical Description

A single storey asymmetric Federation Bungalow, much altered and added to. The painted brickwork detracts from the appearance. The verandahs, on the front and south sides, have timber floorboards and posts.
Elaborate woodwork is seen throughout the house, including the fireplaces, architraves and skirting boards. The timber detailing in the study is very elaborate. Inside the house are lead glass door panels and side windows and accordion doors between the lounge and dining room, which are exemplary for their time. Some ceilings in the house are not original.
There are informal gardens of native and exotic plantings.


Dr House came to Katanning in 1893 as the first District Medical Officer. In 1906, Dr House built a large bungalow style house for his growing family, the builder being the well-known Alexander Thomson. The house was also used as House's practice. After the House family left Katanning, their house was sold and used as the Katanning Grammar School for Boys (1929-1934). In 1934 it was sold again to a Sister Harris and converted into a private maternity hospital and in the 1970s it was used as a boarding facility for high school students.
In the 1980s the building was used as the Cornerstone Ministries (inc.) Family Church, eventually being taken over by Youth With a Mission and becoming known as Maranartha.
The building has since been sold and is now used as a private residence for the Steer family. They have made some alterations.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Anderson R (ed); "Katanning: A Century of Stories". Katanning Shire Council 1988
National Trust Assessment form
Bignell M; "A Place to Meet: a History of the Shire of Katanning Western Australia". p.292 UWA Press 1981

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Other Use EDUCATIONAL Combined School
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Institutional Housing
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities

Creation Date

05 Jan 1994

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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