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Doomed villa's rebirth as a computing business
From The Weekly Times (local paper) 7 July 1999, by Charmaine
An historic Mile End villa threatened with demolition last year
has been restored to its former glory.
The former Alfred James & Sons funeral parlor, on Henley
Beach Rd, has been converted into commercial offices by a
computing company – with the transformation officially
reopened last week.
The past 12 months has seen much planning and then renovating including
removing white ant damage, rewiring and repainting.
Co-owner Elizabeth Cumpston said an old stable to the rear of
the villa had also been restored and converted into conference/meeting
It was opened by Hindmarsh MHR Chris Gallus last Friday, June
The villa has been described as the most beautiful building in
the Thebarton area – it was earmarked for demolition last
year when the former funeral parlor owners tried to sell it.
Alfred James & Sons, who had occupied the villa for
about 40 years, applied for demolition approval to make the
property more attractive to potential buyers.
West Torrens Council wanted to block the demolition application
but was forced to grant approval, because it met the council's
guidelines and the historic villa was not heritage-listed. There
were several interested buyers with more than one party planning
to demolish the villa.
The Cumpstons bought the villa for $420,000, after being advised
by architects that converting it into office would be possible.
Mrs Cumpston said she lived close to the 10-room villa and had
often admired the building.
'We were devastated with the thought of it being possibly
bulldozed down ... we have a similar villa-style house ourselves,' Mrs Cumpston said. 'It was such a lovely old building'.
The villa was built in the early 1900s and bought by the Cumpstons