Introducing Cliftoria – Hallways

While doing the inspection on Saturday I managed to get a few extra pictures. My priority was the hallways, which we have a plenitude.

Ground Floor Hallways

On the ground floor there is one that runs from the front door to the back door. Then there is a second one that is at right angles running from the sunroom to the bottom of the stairs.

The Main hallway


This is the hallway from the front door with the back door in the distance. Notice the archways with their fancy cornices. The archway at the foot of the stairs has the stub of a decoration hanging down from the centre of the arch. Who knows when it was broken off? I suspect quite early as anything largish being moved down the corridor could have easily knocked it.  A large ceiling rose is above the area where the two ground floor hallways cross over. It really needs a better light fitting. There are painted brown wooden baseboards. Should they be stripped of paint? Not any time soon that is for sure.


This shows the hallway in reverse from the back to the front door. You can clearly see that until recently there were two walls enclosing the hallway at this end. At first glance I suspect they were added when the flats were constructed as they do not appear to be symmetrical with the archway at this end. I think this is an icky floor made with modern chip boards. I think we will have to replace it with proper floor boards at some point. Alas that point is not soon as there are much more important work to do. However we may be able to find a rug or paint or something to help hide them.

The Secondary hallway


This is the hallway running at right angles to the main hallway. You can see the doorway at this end which is the doorway to the sunroom. The doorway to the right is into the front room with two windows (planned to become The Drawing room) and the doorway to the left is to the room with the fancy fireplace. There is no ceiling rose in this end. Wooden base boards again. I have not measured it yet but I think this may be the widest of all the hallways. The simpler and less ornate archway enters into the hallway intersection with the stairs going up on the other side of the intersection. At the far end you can see the small window that lights the room under the stairs.


This picture is from in front of the window under the stairs. You can see painted boards coming down from the ceiling to the top of the square doorway that has no door. Then across the intersection and through the archway. There is the square wooden framed doorway into the sun room and you can see half of the wooden door with stained glass that opens out into the driveway side of the house. I think these stained glass doors are modern reproductions that may have been added back in the 1990s during a renovation that took place at that time.

First Floor Hallway

On the first floor there is a hallway that runs from the doorway out to the back porch to the stairs. Looking at the roof of the room next to the front verandah it appears that this hallway run from one set of french doors out to the front verandah all the way to the back porch. Now there is the stairs blocking this as they continue up into the roof. I’m wondering when the change was made and why. Maybe when Cliftoria was turned into flats the stairs were extended into the roof where a two bedroom flat was made? Further investigations are needed.


This is from the doors to the back porch towards the front of the house. More archways and maybe slightly smaller baseboards. The stairs to the attic cut across this hallway. I strongly suspect that this hallway used to continue through the space now filled with stairs all the way to a set of French doors that open out onto the front verandah.


This is the ceiling above the stairs shown in the previous picture. It seems odd that the moulding makes a square turn when it really should have continued along the wall. I forgot to take a picture of the ceiling in the room behind the wall that shows a significantly wider beam to the French doors. Much wider than all the other beams on that ceiling.


This is from in front of the stairs back down the corridor to the French doors that lead out onto the back porch.

The Attic hallway


This is the attic hallway. it links the two bedrooms at the far end with the kitchen and living room behind the viewpoint of the picture. The bathroom is to the left. I have only now realised I don’t have a picture showing it from the other direction.


At both ends of this hallway are two shallow steps up/down. The boards of this floor are somewhat uneven and will need some work at some time to make a flat floor.

3 responses to “Introducing Cliftoria – Hallways

  1. Too bad about all the brown-painted trim! Does all that conduit going in and out of the walls hold electrical wiring? Are you going to eventually put the wiring inside the walls? (How??) Your project is overwhelming–makes me glad all I have to do is paint the kitchen right now! 🙂

  2. The conduit will probably be staying. Such conduit is a feature of houses in Australia that were made prior to the introduction of electricity. I doubt we will be able to get the wiring into the walls. Some walls are actually concrete as the builder of Cliftoria (D Kennedy) was a plasterer of note who had (I kid you not) a secret formula for making concrete of exceptional hardness. The main pillars are made of it and I don’t yet know how much of the rest of the building is also made of it. If you click on the first picture at the top with the start of the stairs on it and maximise it you might be able to see there is a large stone pattern marked on the wall similar to that on the stucco on the front of the building.
    Overwhelming is right. I keep telling myself most of what we have to do is cosmetic. Really.

  3. I used to think that hallways were a waste of space until I had one. Now I think they are a great place to hang pictures 🙂

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