The recent bushfires in the Blue Mountains wreaked havoc on a great many properties and tragically, many residents lost both homes and personal possessions. It is with sadness that I also report on the loss of 'Elmhurst,' which was built and was the one time home of the Ipendanz family prior to purchase by the Catholic Church. The property was left to fall into a state of decay unfortunately when it was abandoned as the administration block for St Columba's High School.
The property was listed on Blue Mountains City Council Heritage List and a report carried out by Professsor Ian Jack attests to its historic importance. It is sad that properties like this are not utilised to avoid their demise.