A band of psychedelic rockers has created an album in tribute to the former home of Wollongong cinema doyenne Rowena Milgrove, on the eve of the mansion's demolition.
The seven-bedroom Church Street manor, with its forgotten-era ballroom, butler's quarters and sprawling bathrooms, was home to the elegant Regent Theatre owner until her death in January 2004.
The property has since housed a stream of university students who would crowd in and split the $650 weekly rent.
It more recently served as a bohemian enclave and recording studio for musicians from bands including The Walking Who, which today releases a tribute EP - Mansions - to strong industry interest.
Band frontman Rohin Brown, who lived in the property for a year with as many as 10 fellow creatives, said past tenants were saddened by the demolition, now under way to make way for a high-rise apartment complex, Viridian. The neighbouring home at 32 Church Street will also be demolished.
"We all feel really lucky we had our time there," Brown said. "In the past bands would have to go in and hire a recording studio, which is really expensive stuff. We'd all go surfing and come back and the studio would be ready - we'd just flick a switch. We had such amazing conditions."
The property was home to members of at least three bands when Brown, originally from Sydney's Northern Beaches, moved in late in 2011 while studying at the University of Wollongong.
The house was so big, one band could rehearse in the loungeroom undisturbed by another in the ballroom.
Mansions was recorded in virtually every room, with the bathroom proving a particular favourite for drummer Paul McLean, of Wollongong.
The band - whose third member, Jay Drury, is from Narooma - went to pains to include in their recordings background noises hinting at the mansion's "cool and eerie vibe".
Tales of unexplained noises were common among tenants; no-one liked to be home alone.
Brown believes he saw the ghost of Mrs Milgrove after a day spent recording one of the tracks.
"I think I sort of fell asleep and woke up around dusk and that's when I saw her in the corner of my room - or her old room," he said. "There's been several reports from housemates of that sort of thing. It's definitely haunted."
A buzzer located inside the bedroom led to a downstairs butler's quarters, just big enough for a single bed and rented out to passing travellers to raise additional rent.
Mrs Milgrove took over the family's Regent Theatre in the 1970s - around the time her husband died - and gave her heart and soul to its operation.
Born to privilege, she led an exciting and interesting life and would travel the globe to attend movie premieres and the Academy Awards, building important industry connections.
She died on January 11, 20 days before she was going to close permanently the Regent's doors amid mounting financial pressure. The cinema was heritage listed and sold the following year to the Gateway Church.
Mrs Milgrove had no children of her own and the proceeds of the theatre sale were divided between nieces and nephews.
The nine-storey, 34-unit Viridian is a project of PNA Developments.