The white stuccoed frontage of Rookery House hides both the delights of an earlier C18 house and the ravages of dry rot. Without fairly rapid intervention this house, which now stands empty within Rookery Park in Erdington, will become ruinous. It is owned by the city who cannot afford to maintain it but fortunately the house has Friends, who are actively seeking to restore and bring it back into use.
However the complexity of the project means they have been thwarted in their ambitions. Because of the Trust’s track record of working with difficult buildings we have been approached by the city to support the Friends to develop their business case, whilst they work to tackle the immediate problems of water penetration and rot.