Grossmann House was built in 1870-71 by the merchant Isaac Beckett. It adjoins Brough House, built as a mirror image by Beckett’s business partner, Samuel Owen.
The buildings are thought to have been designed by local architect William White. It is interesting to note that the main entrance to each residence is originally located on opposing sides rather than at the front, to give a degree of privacy for the owners – although the two families shared a common laundry.
Maitland at that time was Australia’s largest inland town, and the commercial heart of the prosperous Hunter Region. Beckett and Owen arrived from England in 1838, and quickly diversified their High Street business to become ‘General Merchants, Tailors and Woolbrokers, Wine, Spirit and Tobacco Merchants’.
Between 1894 and 1963, the building housed Maitland Girls High School, one of the first four public high schools established in New South Wales. Find out more on our history page. To listen to our ‘Old Girls’ stories about the school, visit our online exhibition page.
How to get here
Grossmann House is located at 71-73 Church Street, Maitland.
By public transport: Maitland train station is a five-minute walk away.
By car: On-street parking is available on Church Street.
Planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your visit to Grossmann House. Here, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently-asked questions about visiting.
When should I visit?
Grossmann House is a rare historic house to visit in Maitland, with gardens that are beautiful all year round. In spring and early summer, the historic rose garden is in full bloom.
How much time do I need?
We recommend you allow at least one hour for your visit to Grossmann House. Enquire with one of our friendly volunteers for a guided tour.
Will children enjoy visiting?
Grossmann House is a historic landmark in Maitland and a great way to share local history with children. Young visitors will enjoy exploring the house and seeing what life was really like in the 19th century. We also run an education program for schools that brings history to life for young students. To find out more about the education program at Grossmann House, please visit our education page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I bring my pet?
Everyone is welcome at Grossmann House, however we are unable to accommodate pets (excluding assistance animals). Thank you for understanding.
Can tour groups visit?
Groups are more than welcome at Grossmann House. To book a group visit, call (02) 4934 8837 or email email@example.com
What else is there to do?
While on site, visit Brough House to view our Fibre Makers’ Space and exhibits by the Maitland Regional Museum and the Museum of History & Clothing.
Is there a place to eat?
Home-made refreshments are available and there is seating in the garden.
Is it wheelchair accessible?
The ground floor of Grossmann House is wheelchair accessible. A virtual tour of the upstairs rooms is viewable on a screen in the downstairs kitchen.