A Kath & Kim superfan salvaged the door from the show’s iconic Fountain Lakes home before it was demolished.
Melbourne artist James Lemon says he has no plans on selling the door and hopes it will be ‘admired publicly’ at the ‘right museum’.
The waterfront property, which was the backdrop for the iconic Australian sitcom and is located 35 kms south-east of Melbourne in Patterson Lakes, is being renovated by the owner Jo Kelly as she prepares to rebuild a new family home.
A piece of history: Kath & Kim superfan and Melbourne artist James Lemon (pictured) salvaged the DOOR from the iconic Fountain Lakes home before it was demolished – and revealed it’s not for sale
‘My favourite thing about this door is that it’s so s**t,’ James told PEDESTRIAN.TV of the door’s appeal.
‘It’s made of MDF, it’s very much of its time and I never would have thought that I would look at a door with kind of a sense of preciousness about it. But here I am.’
James also said he plans to conserve the door.
Plans: James hopes the door will be ‘admired publicly’ at the ‘right museum’. ‘My favourite thing about this door is that it’s so s**t,’ James told PEDESTRIAN.TV of the door’s appeal on Thursday
‘Big news everyone. After a lot of prayer I made the decision to acquire an important piece into my collection. A real key object from the site. I’m going to keep it in its current state for the story it tells but I would like to stabilise it,’ he wrote on Instagram.
‘If you work in conservation please get in touch. Not for sale unless you’re a museum in which case I’m happy to discuss.’
The owner Jo Kelly told Seven News earlier this month of her plans to renovate the property: ‘We are rebuilding a home that we are going to live in. It will be extremely different.’
Changes: Kath & Kim’s waterfront home is being demolished as the owner prepares to rebuild. Pictured, the cast of the iconic Australian sitcom
‘It won’t have any of the same brick work, curtains or kitchen that was in the original house,’ she said.
During the series, the property’s private pier was blocked by a high fence to give the show a more suburban feel. It has since been torn down.
In 2005, stars and creators of the series, Gina Riley and Jane Turner, spoke to The Age about transforming the house into Kath and Kim’s humble home.
‘The house gave us information,’ Jane said, with Gina adding: ‘Yes, we had never written in the script about the Good Room or the kitchen… but once we got the house all that just happened.’
New build: The owner Jo Kelly is demolishing the property, which is located 35 kms south-east of Melbourne in Patterson Lakes
Jo told Seven News earlier this month: ‘We are rebuilding a home that we are going to live in. It will be extremely different’
‘That sliding door (from the backyard to the family room) is like an entrance, a theatrical entrance.
‘Those sorts of things were just so fantastic to use. The entrance always seems so theatrical to me, but also really real,’ she said.
The property was sold in 2011 for $1.23 million and then again in 2014 for $1.3 million.
In the show, their home was located in the fictional suburb of Fountain Lakes.
History: The property was sold in 2011 for $1.23 million and then again in 2014 for $1.3 million
It comes after it was revealed that the beloved Australian sitcom could be getting a reboot 20 years after it first hit screens.
The show, which aired on the ABC and Channel Seven from 2002 to 2007, will make a return next year, according to Woman’s Day.
The Melbourne home that was used as the central location for the series has been visited by crew members in recent weeks, neighbours said.
‘It was unimaginable neighbours could keep TV’s biggest secret under wraps much longer,’ a source told the magazine.
Exciting! It comes after it was revealed that the beloved Australian sitcom could be getting a reboot 20 years after it first hit screens
The Kath & Kim reboot is said to be already in pre-production and is expected to air on a streaming platform, not a free-to-air TV channel.
An official announcement will be made later this month, Woman’s Day reported.
The series also spawned the television movie Da Kath & Kim Code in 2005 and the feature film Kath & Kimderella in 2012.
It’s coming back! The show, which aired on the ABC and Channel Seven from 2002 to 2007, will make a return next year, according to Woman’s Day
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