Once beautifully conserved and restored, Como will be reimagined
Como House rose from the Yarra, the mighty Birrarung, with its walls made of bricks pressed from Birrarung clay and stone from its banks. Como House is the living evidence of spirit of place, held up by the materials from which it grew for 175 years.
Not only the original house of the Brown and Armytage families, it is also the founding property of the National Trust in Victoria. Our founders, Robin Boyd and Sir Daryl Lindsay, worked tirelessly with the community to purchase Como in 1956 to prevent those bricks from being demolished. Embedded in this purchase was everything that we have fought for and achieved over the past 65 years.
Over the past two years, the Como Trustees and National Trust of Australia (Victoria) with the assistance of the Victorian Government, have been working to reveal Como’s bare bones, as a step towards restoring her former glory when she first rose from the banks of the river. Fragile bricks have had years of multiple paint layers removed, walls constructed of rare Yarra stone have been revealed, slate roofing has been meticulously restored and chimneys repaired. The journey has begun to fully conserve Como both externally and internally, to ensure it remains iconic and emblematic of our community’s respect for heritage.
Be a legacy maker and join with others who care about Como
This is your invitation to be a part of Como’s continuing story, to demonstrate that Como matters as an icon of what is culturally significant, important and relevant in our everyday lives. We cannot do it alone and sincerely ask for your help. Como’s legacy, created by the generosity of others, is now our shared responsibility.
We invite you to become legacy creators. Join with us to touch the hearts and minds of future generations who will be grateful to those passionate citizens who cared enough to contribute. Give future generations the opportunity to experience and to have their lives enriched by this place – a place called Como.
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