A new "rescue plan" has been submitted in a bid to save one of the West Country's most iconic buildings - Oldway Mansion in Paignton.
The stunning building is at risk of falling into disrepair following years of neglect.
Torbay Council hopes to secure up to £15 million worth of funding to restore the building and surrounding gardens.
It hopes to create a trust that can be run by the South Devon community to maintain the Oldway Mansion.
Councillor Darren Cowell told ITV News the aim is to get the building open and restored.
The clear thing is is to get the building open, to get it restored and to get lottery funding so we can invest and maintain the building for a longterm sustainable future. There's so many opportunities for here, it's not just about the mansion but it's about the gardens that need a lot of tender love and care.
Oldway Mansion is set in 17 acres of gardens, with the building built at the end of the 19th Century - the request of owner Isaac Merritt Singer, the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.