Legacy Renewed: The Heart of Walford's Future

15 April 2024
We are excited to partner with Matthews Architects on our next project: the transformation of Mabel Jewell Baker House into modern learning spaces that honour the rich heritage and quiet elegance of this iconic building.

We are excited to partner with Matthews Architects on our next project: the transformation of Mabel Jewell Baker House into modern learning spaces that honour the rich heritage and quiet elegance of this iconic building.  

Situated in the core of Walford’s history for over 100 years, Mabel Jewell Baker House holds a significant place in our School’s story and forms the centre of the Heart of Walford precinct. ’Woodlyn House’, as it was originally known, was acquired by Miss Mabel Jewell Baker’s family in 1917 and then became the site of Walford School. The building has served various roles throughout Walford’s history, from principal’s residence to boarding house and hub for arts and learning.   

Our vision for the Mabel Jewell Baker House is to create contemporary learning spaces that embrace the future while preserving our past. Within the heritage façade, forward-thinking learning spaces utilising modern technologies have been designed to facilitate flexible learning, academic excellence, and collaboration, reflecting the needs of today’s students.  

 The preserved charm of the original features will combine with abundant natural light and elegant finishes that elevate the entire space, and speak to its special history. Upstairs and downstairs, spaces extend to offer both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities, including the upstairs balcony of the new Jewell Pavilion. Here, students can let their imaginations soar while overlooking the Heart of Walford.  

We invite you to explore the architect’s impressions of the completed space, which will be submitted for planning approval soon. 

The redevelopment efforts will extend to include the renovation and refurbishment of the Wait Building. Key features of the upgraded Wait Building will include exciting Visual Arts facilities and modern Year 12 'Common Room' spaces, reimagined for our independent Year 12 learners.

To discover more about our redevelopment, including the transformation of the Wait Building click here.

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