Historic Church buildings sold to local buyers
Toodyay’s former Sy Aloysius Catholic boys’ boarding school (above) and ‘The Ship’ (obscured right). Both properties are heritage listed.
AN HISTORIC building in Toodyay’s heritage-listed Catholic Precinct has been sold for an undisclosed sum and another is under formal offer, both to local buyers.
Toodyay real estate agent John Butler said last month’s sale of the former St Aloysius boys’ boarding school was a “done deal”, pending settlement.
A different buyer had lodged a formal offer to buy another two-storey building next to it known as The Ship.Read more
All five Catholic Precinct properties being sold near the town’s eastern entry are owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth and zoned ‘mixed use’.
They include nearby O’Connor House (St Pio’s) and Mercy Convent.
The convent sale includes a large parcel of subdivided land at the rear with separate vehicle access from Goomalling Road.
Nearby St John the Baptist Catholic Church is not for sale.
The latest development followed a six-week call for expressions of interest.
The former boys’ school had been sought by local volunteers in an unsuccessful fundraising bid to use it as an local hub for creative arts across the Avon Valley .
Labor pledged $100,000 before the last State election in March to help Toodyay’s Home of Culture and Arts Group group raise community funds to to buy the building.
It is not known what the new owner intends to do with the property.
It includes upstairs dormitories, a stage, small auditorium and kitchen.
Mr Butler said the buyer’s identity and purchase price would not be publicly announced until after settlement was completed in the next few weeks.