The garden surrounding Lidsdale House was designed by Paul Sorensen. It is lush and manicured. But the 1940s extensions to the house are in a creepy and ominous style. They have an uncanny lost domain feeling that haunted me as I cautiously peeked over the fence as a child. In some strange way they projected the sadness of Frank Neubeck and his wife who had lost two of their sons in WWII. It felt more like a beautiful mausoleum than a house.
The house has now come full circle, similar owners but a different sort of death. It is the local headquarters of Centennial Coal, miners whose industry is dying around them.