‘Rothwell House’ is a c.1840s Georgian Regency mansion and one of Glebe’s old colonial houses. Following a period of neglect since World War II, including a major fire in the 1940s that devastated its warehouse, leaving it in ruins, the site was subsequently abandoned.
The building was earmarked for demolition, when in the mid-1980s it was purchased by architect Otto Cserhalmi. Rothwell was gradually restored for use by his family including the warehouse, which was carefully converted to an office for his architectural practice. The work included reinstating the landscaped gardens and working with the local council to sympathetically landscape the adjacent public park.
Rothwell House, including its warehouse and landscape setting, was been restored to its former grand state, with the house containing immaculate interiors that span the three remarkable levels. After its restoration, Rothwell has gained recognition and protection by receiving a state heritage listing from NSW Heritage Office.