To people walking past it is a humble cottage with unusual architectural features.
But for those in the know, or with incredibly long memories, the little brick building on the corner of Dora and McLachlan streets was once a centre of attention.
And thanks to a lengthy restoration project its role in history is now clear to see.
The building was the chambers for the East Orange Council, which existed separately to the Orange Council for just 24 years, early last century.
After initially holding meetings in the band hall in nearby William Street the council moved into its new Dora Street premises in 1903. Just nine years later the council was amalgamated into the Orange municipality.
While the building became a church hall, gained additions at the side and rear and changed into private accommodation, its ornate parapet remained on top, although the original writing was lost.
And then two years ago the entire parapet was lost when it was blown down in a vicious storm.
YourStay Group owner Stuart Arantz, who now leases the building to rent to Airbnb short-term accommodation customers, said he was pleased restoration of the parapet had now been completed.
"It had to be done for heritage reasons," he said.
Mr Arantz said when he started using the building he was unaware of its former importance but now with the parapet writing restored he was keen to use it to promote to prospective customers.
GALLERY: A CLOSER LOOK
"It's more interesting. You are staying in a bit of history," he said.
A peek inside the building reveals the original council chambers were quite spartan with just a few rooms and a fire place.
The largest room, now the kitchen, would have been a simple meeting room for the councillors, lacking the lavish touches of larger council town halls.
Mr Arantz said it now formed one of three accommodation places available on the site, right in the heart of old East Orange.
He said Airbnb accommodation was booming in Orange.
"It is going quite well. When I started there were about three houses on it [four to five years ago]. Now its 330," he said.
"Literally every weekend there are people up from Sydney. They just love Orange, it's a pretty town. Every time there is big event you are sold out."
EAST ORANGE COUNCIL HISTORY
- 1888: Borough of East Orange proclaimed
- 1903: Council moves from Orange Band Hall to Dora Street
- 1912: Amalgamates with Orange Council and chambers close
- 1914: Building bought by Holy Trinity Church for Sunday School classes.
- 1922-1940: Used as a church until St Barnabas church was built in 1940 and it returned to becoming a Sunday School venue.
- 1988: Sold by the church and is now a private residence.
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