A rare look at the building where the first owl was born
A building that is part of Canberra’s “owl house” is getting a facelift.
Key points:The house was built on the corner of South Main and Rundle Streets in the 1980sThe owls’ nest is still thereToday the house has been given a makeover to look like the one seen in the ABC’s “The Great Owl”In the 1960s, the Canberra-based architect, George Purnell, designed the Owl House as a symbol of the capital city’s birding heritage.
The Canberra Zoo bought it in 2013.
Since then, it has housed thousands of owls, and Mr Purnett, who died in 2017, said the building had been transformed into an iconic part of the city.
“We think of Canberra as being the symbol of all the things that we love, and that is what we have here,” he said.
“It’s a reminder of the fact that we are a city of birds and the things we love about it.”
Mr Purnll designed the building in the early 1980s and the owls in it still live in it today.
“I thought it would be very important to give a little bit of history back to the city,” he explained.
“The Owl House was built in the 1960’s.”
There was a time when people were scared of owl nests, so it was really just a very small and informal gathering place, and it was not designed for large groups.
“The owl house was originally a horse stable.
Now, it is home to the Canberra Zoo and has been a home for many years.
The owlets in the Owl house are still here, in the form of owlets that were born in the building.”
When I built the Owlhouse, I knew I was going to be able to hold a few owls so I built a little room on the back wall, which is where the owlets now live,” Mr Parnell said.
The Owl house is a part of a building that was built by George Parneson, in 1980.
Key point:The owl nest on the building is still here.”
That’s where they come in and they do their business and feed,” Mr Rottle said.
When the building was bought by the Canberra Museum in 2013, it was given a faceline makeover, including a new exterior and interior paint job.
The building was named after Mr Pernell, who designed the original Owl House.”
His name was George Pernells Owl House and he was a great architect and a great builder and I love that building,” Mr Gough said.
In the 1980’s, the zoo purchased the building and the structure became a barn for the Canberra Bird Sanctuary.
Today the owl nest is in a small room, just a few metres away from the OwlHouse.”
If you look out the window of the Owl, you can see the birds coming in, they are coming through the roof,” Mr Kelleher said.
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