Residents will get a chance to see the completed restoration of Appin Inn at a community open day in September.
Development company, Walker Corporation, has invested $1.2 million into rebuilding the historic, derelict and unused building off Appin Road.
The building has been brought back to life and locals can talk to Walker staff about the restoration process on Sunday, September 16 from 11am to 3pm.
The exterior was completed in March this year and now the interior has been fitted out for commercial use.
The inside has been completely renovated and now includes office rooms, a kitchenette, toilets, disabled access, air conditioning, and security.
Work started in 2017 when an archaeological investigation of the site was carried out. Walker announced plans to restore the inn in 2016.
Walker Corporation’s executive planner Gerry Beasley said a team of planners, archaeologists, heritage experts and builders had worked together to restore the landmark building for the community.
“It is brilliant to see the Appin Inn standing in all its glory again – something many people in the area would not have seen before,” Mr Beasley said.
“The community has really gotten behind this project including volunteers who assisted with archaeological work on site and we are thrilled to be able to show everyone the progress we have made.
“This building is an historic treasure of Appin and provides a wonderful link to the history of the Macarthur region.”
Additional work is continuing on the site including structural repairs to outbuildings and final archaeological surveying on the back garden area.
Mr Beasley told the Advertiser in March that the aim of the project was to restore the historical building to its former glory.
“Where possible, the windows, doors, and walls including the brick and sandstone façade have been repaired and restored,” he said.
“When restoration was not possible, elements of the inn had to be replaced.
“For example, the old roof structure and sheeting was unsafe and unable to protect the interior from the outside elements.
“The existing rear stone wall of the main building was also structurally unsound, so it had to be demolished and rebuilt.”
Wollondilly Council has zoned the site for commercial use.
Future uses could include professional service offices, a restaurant, health services or tourism related businesses.
The inn has been in disrepair since the early 2000s with crumbling walls, a caving-in roof and overgrown grounds.
Records for the inn date back almost 200 years to 1819 when the land was granted to Thomas Davis. It was opened in 1827 by William Sykes.
It has had 18 owners and a number of different liquor licenses since, dating back to 1833 when it was known as the Union Revived.
The building was converted into the Carrollan Guest House and later became a private residence.
Appin and the building that has come to be known as the Appin Inn were important stopping points for travellers making the arduous journey by horse between Wollongong and Sydney.