Bardon’s Fairy House Continues to Invite and Beguile

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In 1950, Russian artist and architect Grigori Mekhonoshin, added magic to Bardon when he decided to build what would subsequently become Bardon’s Fairy House.

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Built after World War II and originally intended for his daughter, the house took a long time to finish because Mekhonoshin struggled to find available materials for the construction of the house in post-war Bardon. Because of its unique structure and layout, the locals soon started calling it the Fairy House.

Enchanté

Walking along the busy McGregor Terrace, visitors will only be able to see the apex of the attic, an odd sight to behold at street level. Several unique sculptures stand like silent sentinels outside, tickling your curiosity to look further inwards.

As you approach, you will discover that the house has three levels. Inside, the house has picturesque views of the hills from all levels.

Phoito credit: Flickr
Photo credit: Flickr

The upper-level, built in the style of a loft, has a trap door with a ladder, providing access to the room below. Aside from that, it has its own access to an outside walk bridge.

The middle level has a massive main bedroom complete with a study-cum-sitting area, with amazing outside views that can make the weary feel happy in just a snap. It has its own bathroom and another external access.

Photo credit: 2012 the foto fanatic / Your Brisbane
Photo credit: 2012 the foto fanatic / Your Brisbane

The kitchen, the third bedroom, and the living area are all located on the lower level that flows out onto the covered deck. Trees in the backyard provide a quiet, shady spot to meditate and feel close to nature.

The garage may look like a normal garage, but it is actually the upper level of a separate structure, with another room that’s perfect for guests, and a full bathroom. Its whimsical decor, or an outside entrance where one shouldn’t be, all contribute to the magical appeal of the place.

Private Residence

Unfortunately, tourists and locals who wish to further see the inside of the home will be disappointed, as it is now a private residence.

It wasn’t always that way, though. In 2008, the house was almost demolished, along with 27 other properties along MacGregor Terrace, as part of the State Government’s proposal to improve the street. Fortunately, the issues were resolved and the property remains standing, ready to cast its magic upon unsuspecting passers-by, and keeping them spellbound long enough for them to appreciate the enchantments of Bardon’s one and only Fairy House.