Alan Maruff House was built after WW2 for the Electricity Board to display modern electrical appliances. The new building front and façade was re-built after Cyclone Larry destroyed it in 2006.
The design and building work replicated the original Art Deco façade.
The design, engineering, drawing documentation and specification work was carried out by George Thirkell as a sub consultant to Maddocks and Associates PL on behalf of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council.
The damage included the east entrance wall where a concrete ledge was pulled out of the concrete beam that was supporting a solid brick sleeper wall and ceiling/ roof structure. There was soffit ceiling damage. Reinforcement to the concrete beam had failed and was exposed to elements. The roof structure was removed and members found at the site had failed. All electrical wiring had failed. The canopy steel beams had pulled from support and sheared. The solid brick pier supporting concrete beam had cracked throughout. There was extensive cracking on the side parapet solid brick wall and the roof sheeting, flashings and downpipes to be replaced. The ceiling and insulation was damaged to front / east side of building. The gutters and downpipes had to be replaced. Stress cracks were evident on internal beams and the supporting solid brick sleeper walls. There was extensive cracking of a concrete beam over window, indicating shear failure. There were signs of water penetration to rear/ west area of the building and a ridge or valley capping required replacement. Wall required drying, cleaning and re-painting.
The Canopy was totally re-built and the front/ east external wall was demolished and re-built. The roof structure above the entrance was re-built and brickwork repaired.
Alan Maruff House now houses the town library.