Utopia House, historic building

‘Utopia’ House was the home of Rhys and Rosalie Fairbridge. Rhys Fairbridge arrived in Manicaland in the early 1890’s. He worked as a government surveyor and was responsible for surveying the present town of Mutare. In 1887 he had his home “Utopia” built on one of the prime sites that he had surveyed earlier. The building was constructed mainly of local materials but the corrugated iron roofing, doors and windows were brought up from Sooth Africa. The interior of the house has been restored to the 1910-20 period. Many of the original items of furniture and other possessions belonging to the Fairbridge family have been preserved and are on display.

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