Art Nouveau ‘Murnell’

Murnell, a period-perfect Art Nouveau house

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Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Agent Paul Caine, advertising the property as “combining period class and charmed modern style”, is anticipating something between $3 million and $4 million when Murnell goes under the hammer at 11.30am on Saturday 23/09/2017.

Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

‘Murnell’ – Modern Art Nouveau Villa C1909


This four-bedroom 1909 home is quite exceptional, especially in Victoriana-rich East Melbourne, because its style is Art Nouveau.

'Murnell' - Modern Art Nouveau Villa C1909
‘Murnell’ – Modern Art Nouveau Villa C1909
  • Carved into the wooden fretwork of the lofty rooms with their pressed-metal ceilings and stained glass windows are silhouetted images of kookaburras and waratahs.
  • It’s rare, too, because since it was commissioned and built by Miss Elizabeth Clarke — a member of the richest family of turn-of-the-20th-century Victoria, and, incidentally, the dynasty who raised of some of the biggest private houses in Australia (think Rupertswood, Cliveden and Queen Bess Row) — Murnell has only had five owners.
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Gorgeous high ceilings, leadlight windows, ornate fireplaces, and original timber floors are just a few of the classic features that still exist through this generous double storey property.

  • A long entry hall feeds off into an airy formal lounge which showcases built-in seating positioned directly in front of an elegant bay window, with this lounge further oozing into a large formal dining room. Both these rooms enjoy open fireplaces and an abundance of space and light.

Over the 20 years that the relinquishing owners have been custodians of “an elegant, spacious, light-filled house, we’ve hardly touched it apart from remodelling the conservatory and refreshing the paint”.

  • “Most of our work has been in preserving what’s there,” she says.
Classic features still exist through this generous double storey property.
Classic features still exist through this generous double storey property.

 

The historic Melbourne house that shouldn’t really be there


Murnell is also rare because, according to the original 1860s subdivision of the block bordered by George, Clarendon and Hotham streets, it shouldn’t even be there.

  • The hilltop site, already sacred as a corroboree ground before being designated for the proposed Anglican Cathedral of Melbourne, was taken up instead by the smaller Holy Trinity Church when St Paul’s Cathedral was slated to be erected on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in the city.
  • When Holy Trinity burned down in 1905, leaving only four standing walls and the brick schoolhouse behind, the congregation opted to replace the church but to locate it closer to the corner of Hotham and Clarendon. That left the George Street frontages available for subdivision.

Miss Clarke — presumably using substantial monies promised or left to her by the wealthy and widowed chatelaine of ClivedenLady Janet Clarke— pounced on a two plots, buying both 190 and 190A George Street.

  • She had architect, C.A. Cowper design her a finely crafted home, replete with the most modern and fashionable fittings and fixtures.
  • She then promptly died and her new house “in the prominent and desirable location” was auctioned “at half past 2 o’clock” in July 1910. It realised £1395 and a 25 per cent on-the-spot deposit was required.
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Murnell, 190 George Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

The equally well-heeled Misses Roche bought the house and held it until 1953 when it was purchased by the Tramways branch of the Returned Soldiers Sailors and Airmens Imperial League (forerunner of the RSL), who locked up the top storey and used only the front two downstairs rooms as a library and meeting place.

  • With another new owner in 1991, the side garden was subdivided off before a further sale to a local lady who put a conservatory on to capture north light and replace the lost outdoor amenity.
  • In 1997 and in a fortuitous “one last bid” at an auction attended by 200 other people, the present owners purchased Murnell.
  • They’d been stalking the suburb for a decade, looking for a place to live and from where he could walk across the park to his city office. In Murnell they found more than they were looking for.

Having since relocated to Sydney, the couple are reluctantly letting go of their beloved, storied home that she says “is indeed such a rare survivor”.

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Architect Robert Hamilton

Melbourne Architect and politician Robert B. Hamilton

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Robert Hamilton was Victoria’s foremost practitioner of the interwar Old English style.

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Avington, Toorak

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7 Landale Road, Toorak
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13 Myamyn Street, Armadale
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8 Macquarie Rd, Toorak
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20 Heyington Place, Toorak

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Burnham Flats
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Haddon Hall flat
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Taunton Flats
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High Clere
Taunton Flats
Taunton Flats

Architect Robert Hamilton was recognised as the foremost practitioner in th Old English style, designing large and impeccably detailed houses and
luxury flats. In fact, Robert Hamilton was the pre-eminent designer of flats, particularly in his trademark Old English style, in Toorak and South Yarra in the 1930s.

  • After studying and working overseas, including a position as assistant to the Government architect in Bombay, India he returned to Ausralia and formed a partnership with Rodney Alsop in 1921 before establishing his own practice in 1925.

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According to Cuffley (2007:114) while Hamilton possessed a deep affection for romantic styles in architecture he had a ‘practical and inventive talent and was capable of working in a range of styles and to any scale’.

  • Nonetheless Hamilton is remembered best for his Old English style flats and commercial buildings constructed in Toorak and South Yarra.
  • Cuffley (2007:115-6) cites a 1934 article in Art in Australia:
    • To those who seek the particular type of English domestic architecture that suggests comfort and romance … Mr Robert Hamilton’s outlook should appeal.
    • Every detail is a matter of consideration, carefully selected and hand-made whenever possible.
  • Cuffley concludes that
    • “whether it was a small holiday bungalow, a country cottage, a Toorak mansion or a block of flats, Robert Bell Hamilton approached each work with equal concern for its integrity and with a great deal of artistry” (Cuffley, 2007:117).

Practice History


Klingender & Hamilton (1922-1925)

  • Robert B. Hamilton (1926-1938)
  • Hamilton & Norris (1920s-1930s?)
  • Robert B. Hamilton & Associates (1938- )

Hamilton’s designs:

20 Heyington Place Toorak
20 Heyington Place Toorak
  1. Avington, 3 Illawarra Crescent, Toorak VIC (1920)
  2. House, at 13 Myamyn Street, Armadale built 1925
  3. House, at 8 Macquarie Rd, Toorak built 1929
  4. Shops in Prahran and Malvern, Tudor revival or Old English style c1929
  5. House, at 20 Heyington Place, Toorak built c1930
  6. House, at 12 Macquarie Rd, Toorak built 1930
  7. House at 14 Linlithgow Road (1932) (unrecognisable)
  8. Maisonettes 687-689 Orrong Road, Toorak (1932)
  9. Burnham Flats, at 14 Grange Road, Toorak built c1933
  10. House, at 52-54 Hopetoun Road, Toorak built 1933
  11. Haddon Hall flats, at 405 Toorak Road, Toorak 1933
  12. Sunleigh Lodge, at 5 Russell St, Toorak built 1933
    Robert Hamilton's own home at Mt Martha
    Robert Hamilton’s own home at Mt Martha
  13. House at 54 Hopetoun Road, Toorak (1933)
  14. Stonehaven Flats, at 692 Orrong Road, Toorak built 1933c
  15. Shop, at 541 Toorak Road, Toorak built 1934
  16. Moore Abbey Marne Street, South Yarra (1934)
  17. Park Manor Flats, at 284 Williams Road, Toorak built c1934
  18. House at 7 Landale Road, Toorak built c1935
  19. Taunton Flats, at 520 Toorak Road, Toorak built c1935
  20. Denby Dale flats, at 420-426 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong built 1937-8 built 1938 and designed by Robert Hamilton, & Associate
  21. House, High Clere, 2 Bays Crescent, (was 447 Esplanade), Mt Martha VIC c1935 by and for Robert Hamilton
  22. House at 9 Henderson Avenue, Malvern (1930s)
  23. Gowrie Court maisonettes, at 716 Orrong Road, Toorak built 1940
  24. House at 32 Evans Court, Malvern

Avington, 3 Illawarra Crescent, Toorak VIC (1920)


  • from domain.com
  • Locally significant Heritage (Stonnington HO62) – Cannot find a citation.
  • Contributory, regional significance: A2 grading. Heritage Overlay Number HO62.
$8m Avington is a Robert Hamilton designed English style residence
$8m Avington is a Robert Hamilton designed English style residence

A very intact and detailed Medieval revival house with half timbering, tile hung wall shingles, patterned brickwork, terra cotta shingled roofing, and leaded glass. It appears to be very intact.[3]

Built by architect Robert Hamilton, Victoria’s foremost practitioner of the inter-war Old English/Tudor Revival style during the 1930s, this property sits at the end of a prestigious cul-de-sac and is surrounded by well-established manicured gardens.

  • You’ll find dark timber floors through the reception hall, an impressive sitting room with a decorative open fireplace and a formal dining room and music room with original timber joinery.
  • “It’s a very stately home,” says agent Marcus Chiminello. “There are not many of these homes left so there’s a scarcity value to the period style residences now, particularly in Toorak.”
  • Sale and photos

 

Telgai House, 4 Struan Street, Toorak (1923-1932)


Talzie or Telgai House at 4 Struan Street, Toorak
Talzie or Telgai House at 4 Struan Street, Toorak

Telgai House at 4 Struan Street, Toorak is of Local (potential State) significance architecturally and historically: –

    • as a superb and externally well-preserved example of the Old English style, from 1923, to 1932,
    • showing strong links to the style’s origins, as in the work of CFA Voysey and Norman Shaw –
    • for its association with the State’s foremost practitioner of the inter-war Old English or Tudor revival style, Robert Hamilton,
    • as a well preserved example of one of Hamilton’s first designs undertaken after becoming a sole practitioner

 

13 Myamyn Street, Armadale (1926)


The house at 13 Myamyn Street, Armadale is an attic storey English Domestic Revival style building with Shingle style overtones. It was built c1926 to designs by the noted interwar architect Robert Bell Hamilton. The house site was created through a subdivision of the nineteenth century Myamyn mansion estate.

13 Myamyn Street, Armadale
13 Myamyn Street, Armadale

Description

13 Myamyn Street is an attic storey residence with a compact plan form and strongly expressed intersecting gables.

  • The roof is clad in terracotta shingles and punctuated by tall, simply detailed chimneys.
  • Darker terracotta shingles are used for gable infill, which sit on bracketed eaves above attic storey windows.
  • Clinker brick is used for the walls, relieved by thin bricks or tiles framing the attic storey windows.
  • A shallow skillion roof runs across the façade sheltering the entry porch and adjacent windows.
  • The entry porch has timber Old English style posts and brackets. The double-hung timber framed windows with diamond pattern leadlight glazing are also characteristic of the Old English mode.
  • The house is virtually intact in so far as it presents to the street apart from an apparently nonoriginal window frame in the lower west gable end. The original architectural drawings show a different round arched entry porch design, which was presumably not built.

 

8 Macquarie Road, Toorak VIC 3142 (1929)


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Grand, private, Robert Hamilton 1930’s family residence with return drive beautifully renovated throughout to the highest standards with an excellent floorplan situated on one of Toorak’s finest tree lined streets within short walk of Melbourne’s leading private schools. Land size 1,285m2.

  • This magnificent home includes a stunning panelled entrance foyer, formal lounge, separate dining, study and powder room. Spacious kitchen with bar area and family room overlooking pool, spa, gazebo and beautiful established garden, with additional opening to a north facing terrace including lanai and BBQ.
  • 6 generous bedrooms, master with ensuite bathroom and walk in robes. 2 additional full bathrooms and large balcony providing magnificent views to the Dandenongs.
  • Lower ground area includes a media room, bathroom, sauna, and cellar.

 

Shop front, 479-478 Toorak Road (1929)


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Heritage Recommendation for 476-478 Toorak Road Shop Front
Heritage Recommendation for 476-478 Toorak Road Shop Front

Wiltondale, 25 Heyington Place, Toorak (c1929)


Wiltondale, 25 Heyington Place, Toorak was built c1929 to designs by architect Robert Bell Hamilton. The property originally formed part of the Beaulieu (later Kilbride) mansion estate, and in recent decades was incorporated into St Catherineʼs School.

Wiltondale, 25 Heyington Place, Toorak
Wiltondale, 25 Heyington Place, Toorak

Wiltondale at 25 Heyington Place is a substantial interwar English Domestic Revival style house.

  • It has a symmetrical façade with a Tudor arched arch porte cochere at the centre, flanked on either side by half-timbered window bays with herringbone pattern clinker brick infill.
  • External walls are otherwise finished in a smooth render.
  • The main transverse gabled roof has terracotta shingle cladding, an ‘eye lid’ vent at the centre and tall clinker brick chimneys at either end.
  • Twin gable ends above the front window bays are plainly adorned apart from narrow slots.
  • The eaves line of the main roof continues unbroken across the front of the gables. Window frames are typically double hung sashes with diamond pattern leadlight glazing characteristic of the English Domestic Revival mode.

 

12 Macquarie Road, Toorak
12 Macquarie Road, Toorak

 

12 Macquarie Road, Toorak (1930)



Built 1930 and designed by Robert Hamilton
City of Stonnington History Collection online notes correspondence relating to the construction of a Residence at No 12 Macquarie Road, Toorak for the Misses Todd dating from 1930, although the architect to the works is not noted.

Overlooking a well established northern garden on an allotment in excess of 13,000 sqft, this superb English style four bedroom plus study residence offers an outstanding family environment with a wonderful blend of spacious light-filled formal and informal living areas all with beautiful garden aspects.

20 Heyington Place, Toorak built c1930


20 Heyington Place, Toorak
20 Heyington Place, Toorak

 

  • Built 1930 and designed by Robert Hamilton

A superb family home in the classic arts and crafts architectural era of the 1930’s in original condition with scope to extend/modernise or a fantastic opportunity to build a new luxury home (STCA) all set on a glorious garden allotment of 2,043m2 (22,000sqft) approx.

Comprising: wide entrance foyer, superbly proportioned drawing room with open fireplace, den or old dining room also with open fireplace, television room with powder room, original laundry and separate water closet, kitchen with separate breakfast room opening onto private established garden with large inground swimming pool or room for north/south tennis court.

  • Upstairs: main bedroom with dressing room and bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, nursery and main bathroom.
  • Other features include double garage, large workshop, hydronic heating and 100,000 litre underground water tank.

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Maisonette’s, 687-689 Orrong Road, Toorak (1932)


The maisonettes at 687-689 Orrong Road, Toorak
The maisonettes at 687-689 Orrong Road, Toorak

Hamilton’s ‘Luxury’ flats fall into two broad sub-types, one being small blocks of two maisonettes or four flats designed to appear as one large house and the other being one or more blocks arranged in the manner of a Tudor or Medieval village.

The maisonettes at 687-689 Orrong Road, Toorak are a double-storey English Domestic Revival style building designed by noted interwar architect Robert Bell Hamilton.
It was built c1932 following the demolition and subdivision of the nineteenth century mansion Montalto.
The building is a double-storey pair of maisonettes with clinker brick walls and a terracotta tiled roof.

  • It has a symmetrically composed façade with twin projecting gabled bays flanking a central verandah (since enclosed).
  • The gable ends are clad in stained vertical boarding and have narrow slit vents
  • The main roof is a steeply pitched transerve gable with an ‘eye lid’ vent at the centre and tall chimneys at either end.
  • The main roof also has stained vertical boarding to the gable ends to match the front gables.
  • Windows are typically double hung sash frames with diamond pattern leadlight glazing characteristic of the English Domestic Revival mode.

Elements that contribute to the significance of the place include (but are not limited to):

  • The original external form, materials and detailing of the building.
  • The generally high level of external intactness.
  • The unpainted state of the face brick and terracotta elements.
  • The domestic garden setting (but not the fabric of the garden itself).

 

Burnham Flats, 14 Grange Road, Toorak (1933)


Burnham Flats, 14 Grange Road, Toorak
Burnham Flats, 14 Grange Road, Toorak

 

Burnham Flats, 14 Grange Road, Toorak
Burnham Flats, 14 Grange Road, Toorak

Burnham, as designed by Robert B. Hamilton and constructed in 1932-3, is significant. The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats and garages, front and side brick fences.

  • The high level of external intactness and wide range of decorative and quirky detailing that is typical of Hamilton including uniquely designed screen doors with inset panels, the bracket with name plate and light fittings etc. are integral to the significance of the place.
  • Historically, it is significant as one of the first examples of the Old English Luxury flat type designed by Robert Hamilton to resemble a large single-family home, an approachthat he would use in many of his subsequent developments.

Hamilton was one of the most important and influential designers of Luxury flats in Toorak and South Yarra and this development of four large single-levelflats together with ‘Haddon Hall’ (see below), which is of a similar design, but comprising maisonettes demonstrate the two approaches used by Hamilton over the next decade either in separate buildings or in combination.

 

52-54 Hopetoun Road, Toorak built 1933



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Haddon Hall 405 Toorak Road, Toorak (1933)


Haddon Hall, as designed by Robert B. Hamilton and constructed in 1931-2, is significant. The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats, front and side brick fences, the garden setback to Toorak Road with semi-circular driveway.
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The high level of external intactness and wide range of decorative and quirky detailing that is typical of Hamilton including uniquely designed screen doors with inset panels, the bracket with name plate and light fittings etc. are integral to the significance of the place.

  • Historically, it is significant as one of the first examples of the Luxury flat type designed by Robert Hamilton and represents his prototype of maisonettes designed to resemble a large single-family home that he would use in his subsequent developments.
  • Hamilton was a pioneer of maisonette developments, which were promoted as a practical alternative to a detached house and was the forerunner of the post-war townhouse.

Architecturally, Haddon Hall is significant as a highly accomplished and externally intact example of inter-war flats designed in the Old English style.

  • Details such as the fine brickwork and fachwerk, massive corbelled chimneys, and entrance gates with silhouette panels and lanterns, as well as its setting with a curved drive and original brick fence all contribute to its significance.
  • Also for its association with Robert Hamilton, Victoria’s foremost practitioner of the inter-war Old English style.
  • Victorian Heritage Register

 

Stonehaven 692 Orrong Road, Toorak (1933)



  • Luxury flats by Robert Hamilton
  • A fine example of the Old English style
  • A design by Robert Hamilton
Stonehaven 692 Orrong Road, Toorak, Stonnington City
Stonehaven 692 Orrong Road, Toorak, Stonnington City

While ‘Luxury’ flats in Stonnington were designed by a number of architects Robert B. Hamilton appears to have been the pre-eminent designer of luxury flats in Toorak and South Yarra – Sawyer (1982:68) cites a 1938 article in the RVIA Journal where Hamilton pointed out that there was demand in the South Yarra district for flats ‘which provide accommodation for more affluent residents’.

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Throughout the 1930s Hamilton would design at least 11 flat developments in Toorak and South Yarra. Most of them fit within the category of luxury flats. Three of his known flat developments –

  • Park Manor (built c.1935),
  • Stonehaven (c.1933-35) and
  • Denby Dale (c.1938) are currently listed in the HO and four more were assessed by the Residential Flats 2012 study.
  • Victorian Heritage Register
  • A fine example of the Old English style

Shop, at 541 Toorak Road, Toorak built 1934


Noted Toorak architect Robert Hamilton was responsible for the Tudor-inspired stylings of Toorak village (shops).

  • The building at 541 Toorak Road is of regional and possibly state significance as a fine and substantially intact example of the Old English commercial mode of the interwar period, and for its dominant role within the importnat Toorak Village Group of Old English shops.
  • It is of additional significance as a fine example of the commercial work of Robert Bell Hamilton, a prominent commercial and domestic architect in this period and leader in the use of Old English modes in the interwar years.
  • The building at 541 Toorak Road is important for its landmark position within the Toorak Village Group, and, as part of that group, as a contributory element within a stylistic group which is relatively rare within the Greater Metropolitan area.
  • They are quite possibly yhe grandest example of an Old English or Tudor Revival suburban commercial premises in Victoria, and are certainly the best example of the mode in Stonnington.
  • Victorian Heritage Register

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Toorak Village occupies both sides of Toorak Road between Tintern Avenue and Canterbury Road. Its buildings are typically of one or two-storeys, several dating from the late nineteenth century, such as the shop row at nos 464-70, and some from the early twentieth century.

  • These include several refurbished in a Tudor mode during the 1920s and 1930s, such as Robert Hamilton’s redevelopment of several shops on the corner of Grange Road, and possibly 476-478 Toorak Road almost opposite, both at the eastern gateway to the precinct, the Tudor buildings east of Wallace Avenue at nos 451-7 and 475-9, and 527-533A Toorak Road.
  • Other early twentieth century buildings include the Moderne building on the east side of Mathoura Avenue (no 428), and the stripped classical Commonwealth Bank (1934, no 442) and Vintage Cellars (no 481).
  • A number of modern infill buildings have been constructed in the area during the second half of the twentieth century but the scale and, to a lesser degree, the early character of the area, survives intact.

 

Moore Abbey 50 Marne Street, South Yarra (1934)


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Luxury flats by Robert Hamilton, Moore Abbey – Circa 1934

Situated in the heart of the Kings Domain precinct and within walking distance of the Botanic Garden, Fawkner Park and Domain Road shops, these apartments comprises of 21.5 squares approximately of living in this tightly held Robert Hamilton building.

  • Comprising: Formal entry, guests powder room, North facing sitting room with open fireplace, separate dining room, large master bedroom with walk in robe, 2nd bedroom with built in robe, main bathroom, 3rd bedroom and separate study.

While ‘Luxury’ flats in Stonnington were designed by a number of architects Robert B. Hamilton appears to have been the pre-eminent designer of luxury flats in Toorak and South Yarra – Sawyer (1982:68) cites a 1938 article in the RVIA Journal where Hamilton pointed out that there was demand in the South Yarra district for flats ‘which provide accommodation for more affluent residents’.

Throughout the 1930s Hamilton would design at least 11 flat developments in Toorak and South Yarra. Most of them fit within the category of luxury flats.

Park Manor Flats 284 Williams Road, Toorak built 1934


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On the corner of busy Williams Road and quiet Rathmines Street in the exclusive Melbourne suburb of Toorak stand the wonderful Streamline Moderne brown brick “Park Manor” flat complex.

Park Manor weathervane
Park Manor weathervane

 

  • The architect obviously had a sense of fun, adding a witch weather vane to the top of the tower roof of the stairwell!
  • As when they were built, these spacious flats are for the well-heeled citizens of Melbourne, and they are exceptionally well maintained.

Park Manor is a double storey inter-war ‘Old English’ style (with Moderne influences) maisonette/flat development.

  • Presumed architect was Robert B. Hamilton as this includes many of his design trademarks including
    • semi-circular fence with seating at the main driveway entrance and
    • the use of a whimsical weathervane (in this case a witch on a broomstick with her cat arching its back, situated on the apex of the copper roof of the projecting front bay).
  • Significant features include the external original materials and detailing of the building (which remains very intact), side and front brick and tile fence and steps and wrought iron balustrades, the circular concrete driveway layout

Park Manor is of potential significance:

  • As a good example of the Luxury type designed by Robert Hamilton
  • As a good example of the Old English/Moderne style

 

‘Landale’, 7 Landale Road, Toorak built c1935


Robert Hamilton was active in Melbourne until WWII and worked alone and in partnership with other architects such as Marcus Norris to produce a

The Vizards' mansion in Landale Road
The Vizards’ mansion in Landale Road

large number of residences in a variety of styles throughout the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

  • These include a substantial villa in the restrained Georgian mode at 7 Landale Road, Toorak, completed in the early 1930s, and houses built at 8 and 12 Macquarie Road in 1929 and 1930 respectively.
The Vizards’ mansion in Landale Road, Toorak, that they have offloaded for $6.4 million.

2003: Vizards sell a mansion for $6.4m, but he still calls Toorak home

February 8 2003 By Deborah Gough Age Private Property Columnist


Steve Vizard has sold one of his Toorak mansions for more than $6 million.

  • The philanthropist, media player and lawyer sold the Landale Road property to former JP Morgan Fleming executive Ron Dewhurst and his wife Katie, who recently returned to Melbourne from New York.
  • In October Mr Vizard sold his family’s property, Roxby Park, near Geelong, for $5.51 million.

The Toorak deal is confidential, but The Age has learnt that the mansion sold for $6.4 million.

  • The deal was brokered by buyer advocate Christopher Koren, of Morrell and Koren, and the house was sold by agents Kay & Burton.
  • Four agents tried to sell the house for the Vizards from late last year, but the deal was not secured until in January.
  • Mr Dewhurst said he had returned to Australia to give his children, William, 10, and Natasha, 12, a Melbourne education.
  • The Dewhursts’ new Toorak home was built by Sir Macpherson “Mac” Robertson, of Mac.Robertson’s Chocolates fame, who built the Mac.Robertsons bridge to get to his Fitzroy factory.

It has up to eight bedrooms, a tennis court and a lift.

  • Mr Vizard, chairman of the Victorian Major Events Company, bought the property in 2001 for $5.3 million. He bought his other Toorak mansion in Orrong Road for $5.25 million.
  • A spokesman for the Vizards said: “After buying and selling a house every year for 10 years, the Vizards have found their dream home, one of the best homes in Melbourne.

“They are very happy and believe the controller of the stamp duty office must be very happy too – given the Vizards are probably his best customer.”

OCT 22, 2012: Toorak mansion sells for $17m by MARIKA DOBBIN

The Georgian style mansion at 7 Landale Road in Toorak
The Georgian style mansion at 7 Landale Road in Toorak

A TOORAK mansion that has been home to some of the city’s most famous businessmen is believed to have fetched this year’s highest price – almost $17 million.

  • The Age has learnt that funds manager Ron Dewhurst sold his mansion at 7 Landale Road in Toorak last week, in an off-market deal through prestige agency Kay & Burton.
  • The sale, to the chief executive of listed pharmaceuticals supplier Ascent Pharmahealth, Dennis Bastas, was the climax in a series of top-end results that has breathed new life into the slow market.

Mr Dewhurst was raised in the modest bayside suburb of Cheltenham but has become a senior player in US-based fund management group Legg Mason and now lives in New York.

  • He purchased the home in 2003 from former television personality Steve Vizard for $6.4 million.
  • Mr Vizard bought Victor and Loti Smorgon’s Landale Road house for $5.6 million before the Smorgons moved into Hotel Como.[1]

Taunton 520 Toorak Road, Toorak (1936)


Architecturally, Taunton is a highly accomplished and externally intact example of interwar flats designed in the Old English style.

  • Aesthetically, the flats are distinguished by their skillful modulation of roof forms, projecting bays, window types and cladding materials to break up a long building and create the sense of an intimate Medieval village.
  • Details of particular note include the Japanese-influenced lych gate with carved grotesques, and the rare use of terracotta roof shingles and hung tiles. Also for its association with Robert Hamilton, Victoria’s foremost practitioner of the inter-war Old English style.
Taunton 520 Toorak Road, Toorak
Taunton 520 Toorak Road, Toorak

Taunton, designed by Robert B. Hamilton and Associates and constructed in 1936, is significant.

  • The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats, low brick garden walls, garage and front fence and lych gate, and the garden setting.
  • The high level of external intactness and wide range of decorative and quirky detailing that is typical of Hamilton including uniquely designed screen doors with inset panels, the grotesques to the lych gate etc. are integral to the significance of the place.
  • Victorian Heritage Register

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Denby Dale 420-426 Glenferrie Road Kooyong (1938)


Stunning 1930’s apartments, set back from Glenferrie Road, overlooking established gardens in this highly regarded location close to Kooyong shops, train and tram.

Interior of a Denby Dale Apartment, Glenferrie Road, Kooyong
Interior of a Denby Dale Apartment, Glenferrie Road, Kooyong

 

  • The combination of period personality, huge proportions and a desirable address mean that Denby Dale apartments are appealing from every perspective.
  • Set back from Glenferrie Road, overlooking established gardens, luxuriously large living and dining areas that balance original character with modern comfort are complemented by a light filled lounge and a central kitchen featuring a marble island bench and stainless steel surfaces.
  • Comprising entrance foyer, generous lounge room with open fire place and covered verandah, separate dining room, well appointed kitchen with butler’s pantry, breakfast room, massive main bedroom with built in robes, generous 2nd bedroom, separate study with open fire place or 3rd bedroom option, family bathroom with separate W/C.
  • Other features include hydronic heating, double lock up garage and separate studio/home office.

Dec. 2014: Kooyong became the first unit market to reach a seven-figure median value, though the exclusive neighbourhood only saw a handful of unit sales during the year.

  • RT Edgar, Toorak, director Michael Ebeling sold two at the start of the year, both in the 1930s “Denby Dale” building.
  • The area had a limited number of units available and local downsizers were the main buyers, he said. Empty nesters looking for a city base to complement a lifestyle property were also active.

Apartment of the week: Kooyong


KATHERINE TOWNSEND NOV 20, 2013
Weathervanes in the forms of roosters, seagulls, horses and swans watch over arrivals at Denby Dale, the Tudor-style apartment block that has sat on the Glenferrie Road hill at Kooyong since 1938.

Denby Dale 420-426 Glenferrie Road Kooyong
Denby Dale 420-426 Glenferrie Road Kooyong

 


  • Beautiful grounds and detailed brick paving wind around the three separate buildings, with a central manor-house-style block flanked by another two similar two-storey buildings.

Denby Dale is a fine example of early Melbourne apartments offering the well-off something different, but still elegant, in choice areas.

  • Oon the ground level of the main building access via a pergola-covered walkway festooned with ornamental grapevine.
  • No. 7 shares an entrance foyer only with No.8 upstairs, and that foyer, like the others in the development, is secured with a lockable metal door.
  • Inside is a time capsule from 1938 that is extraordinary. Owned for many years by a former curator and manager of the National Trust property Rippon Lea, the apartment has a near-original kitchen that has, amazingly, survived for 75 years. There are flywire-fronted cupboards, servant’s bells and a maid’s room, with a cupboard bathroom next door.

In the grander rooms of the apartment, similar original touches abound, such as beautiful brass-edged light fittings and a huge brick fireplace in the main living room, topped with a timber mantelpiece running the width of the room.


  • Brass knobs feature on all the hallway cupboards and built-in wardrobes, whose doors have arched panels, echoing many of the rooms’ doors.
Denby Dale 420-426 Glenferrie Road Kooyong
Denby Dale 420-426 Glenferrie Road Kooyong

“DENBY DALE”

  • From the Journal of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects: vol. 36 (1938) p.53-63
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THE photographs and plans which are featured on following pages illustrate an unusually interesting group of flats which has been erected recently under the direction of Robert B. Hamilton & Associate, Marcus H. Norris, Architects.
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  • The group has been designed in the Elizabethan style and comprises three blocks of two storeys in height. Each storey contains two flats, providing twelve in all.
  • The central building contains a main entrance hall giving access to a flat on each of the ground and first floors. Each flat includes an entrance hall, lounge, sun room, dining room, kitchen, service pantry, maid’s room, two bedrooms, bathroom, toilet and a small study.
  • The other two blocks contain similar accommodation with the exception of the study. SERVICES Each building has self-contained services including a coke boiler, hot water, gas, electric light, refrigeration, central heating and sewerage. (The cost of providing these services to the tenant is included in the usual rental charge)
  • Should the owner so desire, therefore, any block may be sold as a self-contained unit.
  • Refrigerating cabinets, which are operated from a central unit at the rear of the building, are provided in each service pantry, as also are crockery and wine cupboards.
  • Each kitchen includes a gas stove recess, stainless steel sink, drainer, swivel tap, built-in soap holder, towel rails, cupboards for pots and pans, dresser cupboard, enclosure for brooms, vacuum cleaner and general cleaning utensils, and trades’ delivery cupboard.
  • The kitchen has a dado in ivory tiles to a height of 4 ft. 6 in. and the walls and ceiling are finished in flat oil paint.
  • Each bathroom includes either an ivory or a green coloured bath, ivory tile dadoes, mosaic tile floors, glass and tooth brush holders, a medicine cabinet with mirror door and a toilet table in cream enamel with a mirror and light bracket overhead.
  • The entrance hall has a built-in cloak cupboard, heating unit and telephone, the latter having an extension to the main bedroom. Each bedroom is provided with built-in cupboards having hanging space, sliding trays for underclothes, shelves for hats and shoes and a full length mirror.

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FINISH
The general finish of the walls is in coloured plaster, which prevents chipping showing a discolouration.

  • The joinery is executed in kiln-dried hardwood and all fire places are of the open brick type with cupboards and bookcases built in on either side.
  • Ceilings on the first floor are of fibrous plaster, the cornices being of the same material; and on the ground floor are of sand finished plaster.
  • All floors are of concrete construction to assist in preventing the carriage of sound from one room to another, special attention having been given to the construction of the first floors, where cork insulation has been installed.
  • All flats are provided with box-room accommodation, either in the basement or in suspended racks over each garage. The garages are equipped with a new type of door which is hinged to the side walls and when opened is attached to the ceiling.

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The general treatment of the exterior is simple in character, the walls being of clinker brick, relieved by timber work at the entrances and wrought iron lamps and weathervanes.

  • The roof is of shingle tile construction with “eyebrow” ventilators in suitable positions.
  • All exposed timber to the eaves, gables, balconies, etc., is sawn Oregon treated with stockholm tar. –
  • The main staircases, six in number, are constructed of concrete which is covered with clinker brick on edge. The balustrades are of wrought iron.
  • Attention has been given to avoiding standardization and monotony in the treatment of each flat and to that effect the design of the internal and external doors, mantelpieces, door knobs and general fittings has been varied, thus giving each unit an individual character.
  • In the installation of the electric lighting, preference has been given to the placing of light and power plugs in suitable positions rather than to the provision of fixed ceiling lights.
  • This allows the individual tenants more elasticity in arranging their lighting requirements to suit their own schemes of furnishing. Bracket lamps have been introduced in the entrance halls and bathrooms.

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LAYOUT OF GROUNDS
The layout of the grounds includes a service court which is located at the rear of each building and which has a separate entrance from Glenferrie Road.

  • A laundry is attached to each building, together with an incinerator for the disposal of general refuse. Accommodation for garbage bins is provided in the form of flower boxes at each tradesmen’s entrance.
  • Particular attention has been given to the layout of the garden, the focal point of the fore-court being a fountain surrounded by a sun terrace which will be screened from the street by a collection of trees and shrubs.

The drives are in concrete construction, finished in coloured cement and sub-divided to give the appearance of individual slabs.

  • Creeping vines and roses have been planted to soften the walls and the pergolas and the garden generally has been carefully planned to become an important part of the whole building scheme.

 

House, High Clere, 2 Bays Crescent (was 447 Esplanade), Mt Martha VIC (1935)


Architect’s house of happiness beckons

High Clere, 447 Esplanade, Mt Martha VIC
High Clere, 447 Esplanade, Mt Martha VIC

 

Eye-catching ”High Clere” Mt Martha VIC
Eye-catching ”High Clere” Mt Martha VIC

The property at 47 Two Bays Crescent, Mount Martha, was for private sale (2012) with an asking price of $3.6 million.


Domain EFFIE MANN APR 14, 2012

Eye-catching ”High Clere” sits above the Mount Martha township and laps up the most wonderful views.

  • The northern sweep runs down the hillside to South Beach, its sandy arc lined with colourful boat sheds, then on across Port Phillip Bay to the smudge of the city skyline.
  • The special property was built in 1935 for noted architect Robert Hamilton, who designed the distinctly English building and called it home until his death.

While its heavy thatched roof has since been replaced by iron, the use of exposed timber throughout and the enormous stone fireplace in the lounge still hark to Hamilton’s medieval vision.

High Clere, 2 Bays Cres. Mornington
High Clere, 2 Bays Cres. Mornington

 

  • The latest owners have enjoyed a bohemian existence under the thick beams for close to a quarter of a century.
  • Children and grandchildren have grown up bouncing on the trampoline and playing hide and seek in the 2600-square-metre garden.
  • Family, friends and friends-of-friends have enjoyed the flow of red wine and jaunty piano song beside the roaring fire, and neighbours have called by for summer swims and parties on the patio.

At the top of the house, there’s a room perfect for putting paint to canvas, and a billiard table provides hours of fun.

  • The four-bedroom property has served as a house of happiness for this family. They replaced the roof in the 1990s and installed the infinity-edge swimming pool and spa in 2001. More recently, the exterior received a new coat of paint but the rest of the house has been pretty much left alone.
  • While it is structurally sound and habitable, there are a few cosmetic projects the new owner may choose to tackle, such as ripping up the carpet, painting the interior and renovating the dated kitchen and bathrooms (there are three).

The property at 47 Two Bays Crescent, Mount Martha, was for private sale (2012) through Warlimont & Nutt (03 5974 1401) with an asking price of $3.6 million.

 

9 Henderson Avenue Malvern (1930s)


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By Toorak architect Robert Hamilton, this house showcases refined elegance, beautiful proportions and a substantial northwest garden setting.

This classic English style c1930’s solid brick residence offers present day comfort with enormous potential for future improvement that would result in a luxurious family domain close to excellent schools and Menzies Reserve.

  • Behind an evocative entrance, the central foyer leads to a serene study, gracious formal sitting room with gas fireplace, glorious formal dining with window seat and a sun-room opening to the deep leafy garden.
  • The bright capable kitchen and casual living/dining room also open to the garden. All of generous stature, the five bright bedrooms upstairs, including the main with a dressing room, are accompanied by two pristine bathrooms.
  • Sale listing and photographs

Gowrie Court maisonettes, at 716 Orrong Road, Toorak (1940)


Gowrie Court, 716 Orrong Road, Toorak as designed by Robert B. Hamilton and constructed by 1940 is significant.

  • The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats as designed by Hamilton.

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Sophisticated, thoughtful design is exemplified in the finer details of this immaculately presented, spacious English style two-level apartment, just moments from Toorak Village. Featuring high ceilings, arched doorways, intricate cornices, and a classic Venetian glass style feature window, all perfectly combined with modern touches and comforts.


Historically, Gowrie Court is significant as ‘Luxury’ residential flats designed by Robert B. Hamilton who was the leading designer of this type of flat development in Toorak and South Yarra during the inter-war period.

  • The mix of flat types – in this case a maisonette, large family flats and one bachelor flat – is characteristic of Hamilton’s developments of the late 1930s.
  • The inclusion of the ‘bachelor’ flat is of note as a rare example of a ‘Luxury’ flat specifically for single people or couples.

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Gowrie Court flats, 716 Orrong Road, Toorak, is a large, two-storey block of flats and a smaller garage and mews block.

  • The L-shaped block and the garage/mews are situated around a long courtyard, which is open to Orrong Road.
  • There are small garden beds along the flats building with brick edging and paths, but the rest of the courtyard is paved. The front of the property is bounded by a low brick fence and a wide vehicular entry at the centre with tall piers.
  • On either side of the entry are curved benches integrated into the wall. The detailing of the fence is exceptional, with ‘gabled’ coping to the low piers and the back rest of the benches, and a band of narrow clay tiles at the top of the fence and low piers, and six bands in all on the tall gate piers.
  • The piers retain carriage lamps at the top, which may be early. The flats building has a high hipped roof with brown Marseille tiles and exposed rafter ends. Chimneys are massive with corbelling to the top.

There is a variety of two-storey hipped and gabled breakfronts along the elevations to the courtyard, which mark the entries to the different flats. The gables have flush verges, corbelled ends and intricate brickwork vents at the apex.

Modern Flat Developement (full text below)
Modern Flat Developement (full text below)

 

  • The clinker bricks have some overburnt texture to them, and there are also simple diamond patters created by protruding headers, suggesting diaper work. Entries are varied, and include round-arched brick openings with wrought-iron gates, segmentally arched openings, and a parapeted entrance tower in the inner corner at the rear of the courtyard.
  • The window types and shapes are even more varied, with six-over-six double-hung sashes – both rectangular and segmentally arched, some with two-over-two sidelights, two-storey canted bay windows with board-and-batten cladding to the spandrels, a canted oriel window with a bell-cast roof and conical brick corbelling below, and tiny triangular oriel windows resting on a triangular timber bracket.

The many projecting bays and the multiplicity of door and window types and shapes lends a pleasant picturesque character to the flats and effectively breaks up the building’s bulk.

  • The mews building on the north side of the courtyard is much simpler in massing and details, but shares the same wall and roofing materials.
  • A small mews flat is located above a row of garages. At the west end is a parapeted bay, providing entry to the flat. Windows to the flat are six-over-six double-hung sashes with louvered shutters, lending it a Georgian Revival appearance. All garage doors are modern.
  • Victorian Heritage Register
  • Heritage Citation Report

 


Modern Flat Development in Melbourne, by Robert Hamilton FRAIA, ARIBA


JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Vol. XXXVI. Melbourne, May-June, 1938 No. 2[2]

SINCE the Great War period the development of residential flats in Melbourne has been very considerable. Probably this has been caused by the change in the economic condition of the world, the all important considerations in the planning of housing accommodation nowadays being economical construction and compactness of equipment.

Stonehaven
Stonehaven

In England and on the Continent the residential flat has been recognised and accepted for many years as being a very important factor in housing the communities of those countries. The increasing use of flats in Europe has been caused by reason of the dense population, the limitation of the city and the suburban areas, and the general desire of the people to reside near the heart of the city. The development in the building of flats overseas has tended in the main to the large tenement type of many storeys served by a central entrance, lift shaft and main stairway, this type having been a product of high land values and restriction of available, space.

Curiously we find that a similar tendency is taking place in Sydney, this having been caused again by the high value of land near the centre of the metropolis. The result is that certain districts, such as Darlinghurst and Pott’s Point, have witnessed the growth of flats containing five storeys. Sydney has developed the sense for living in flats to a much stronger degree than has Melbourne where our people, influenced by facile transportation arrangements and by climatic conditions, prefer either the individual house or the smaller type of flat building. Consequently the multi-storey building is not often seen in Melbourne.

Further, our municipal councils have adopted a policy of viewing flats with disfavour and this is having a marked bearing on the development of our housing accommodation.

LOCATION
Experience both in Australia and overseas has shown that an important factor in providing a satisfactory 45 return on capital investment is that flat buildings should be located adjacent to the city proper and in a desirable residential area having pleasant surroundings and, if possible, interesting vistas. Hence in Melbourne numbers of flats have been erected in South Yàrra, East Melbourne, Toorak, Parkville and to a small extent in Spring Street and the eastern end of Collins Street.

Burnham Flats
Burnham Flats

Because of the restrictive, and to my mind, unwise, nature of the City of Melbourne building regulations the construction of flat buildings in the city proper has been somewhat neglected. I have no doubt that our city fathers will soon realise that in this area our city is lacking in suitable flat accommodation and that the regulations will be brought into line with those which are operating in leading cities abroad.

TYPES
In South Yarra, particularly in the area which comes within the jurisdiction of the City of Melbourne, many buildings which may be termed the “town-flat” type have been erected in recent years. These have been built close to the street boundary and in several instances consist of three or four storeys. They are quite appropriate to their surroundings and suit the requirements of their occupants in the matters of easy access to the city, comfort, and economy. These buildings are within close range of the shopping area of South Yarra, transport by tram or train, and the Botanical Gardens.

Also in this district are flats which provide accommodation for more affluent residents. One type which was erected recently contains an entrance hall, cloak, lounge and dining rooms, study, kitchen, service pantry, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Such flats are being let at rentals of from eight to ten guineas weekly and are seldom untenanted.

A class of domestic building which is being erected in large numbers in suburban areas is the “maisonette,” a development of the ubiquitous brick pair. Investors in this type feel that whatever vogues for other classes of flats may come and go in the future, the demand for the “maisonette” or semi-detached house will remain. In South Yarra this class is being leased at rentals of up to seven guineas per week.

In Toorak is found a more spacious layout in regard to general planning and garden surroundings of flat buildings. This is due to the by-laws of the Prahran City Council which limit fiat buildings to two storeys in height except in rare cases. The result is that such buildings present the appearance of large houses and do not have the somewhat objectionable character of the tenement class.

Gowrie Court 716 Orrong Road Toorak VIC 3142
Gowrie Court 716 Orrong Road Toorak VIC 3142

Further, only four or five flats are contained in each building and, therefore, a resident may feel that he retains his individual character and close interest in his home. Each flat has a separate entrance and the occupier retains the psychology of home ownership.

Numerous flats of this description in Toorak contain entrance hall, lounge, dining room, two bedrooms, maid’s room and either one or two bathrooms. For such units situated in congenial surroundings weekly rentals of from four to five guineas are obtainable. In areas which are not so favourably situated flats containing less accommodation are obtaining rentals ranging from £2/10/- to £4 per week. In my opinion the height restriction imposed by the Prahran Council is wise and I feel should remain until and unless the stage is reached when higher buildings become necessary in order to enable the authorities to cope with the problem of housing the increasing population.

DESIGN AND PLAN
One virtue of the restriction which appeals to me particularly is that in designing buildings of this type one is enabled to employ a wide variety of expression, retaining throughout an appropriate domestic note. The English cottage and Elizabethan styles have been used, the Georgian period has been expressed and numbers of modern designs have been put into effect, most of them with marked success.

A feature which has been incorporated in the planning of most of these buildings is the separate entrance to each flat. In some types the entrances are grouped in pairs with an internal stair giving access to one flat on the ground floor and to another on the first floor. The entrances at the rear are provided with either an internal or an external staircase, boiler rooms, fuel storage, etc., being adjacent.

The plan usually employed for the better class of flat groups the service portion of the house in one section completely divided from the living and bedroom accommodation. Access from the kitchen to the entrance hall-and also to the dining room is planned by as short a route as possible.
In planning the general layout of a block of flats on a site in Melbourne one of the main considerations should be the provision of ample sunlight and air to all rooms. The best sites are those having an aspect to the north or to the east so that all rooms may have windows facing in either or both of those directions. The kitchen quarters should have one window facing to the south and another to the east in order to gain the morning sun in winter and ample air in summer.

Stonehaven Flats
Stonehaven Flats

Another important consideration in the preparation of the general plan should be the distance of the building from the street. This should be governed by the area of the proposed building in relation to that of the site. In outer suburban areas the building line is generally twenty or thirty feet back from the street line and as far away from the side boundaries as circumstances permit.

The plan should provide an outlook from each flat to the garden at the side or the front and the outlook should be so composed as not to be prejudiced by any later building erections on the adjoining allotments. This point is exceedingly important but often is overlooked.

Wisely many of our municipalities have provided regulations which require that every flat building shall have ample open space surrounding it. This provision is a very sensible one particularly from the points of view of health and the retention of property values. Although in some instances property owners are at a loss to understand this requirement it should be appreciated that if numbers of adjoining sites were permitted to be overcrowded with flat buildings their rental values would depreciate rapidly.

In Malvern—a fast growing suburb—the by-laws provide that no person is permitted to erect a building containing more than four flats on any one allotment. The minimum frontage of such sites is 70 ft. Thus the municipal council is jealously guarding the interests of property owners in that district by legislating against the erection of large blocks of flats. I have no doubt, however, that the gradual expansion of metropolitan Melbourne and the increase in its population will bring about an amendment of the regulations in the near future which will make it possible to erect a larger type of flat building in the outer suburbs.

Robert Hamilton History


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Robert Bell Hamilton milestones



Robert Bell Hamilton
Robert Bell Hamilton

1892-
Robert Bell Hamilton was born, then educated at Scotch College Heritage
1914-18
Served in the 14th Battalion of the AIF during WW1.
1918
Studied in London to become an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, remaining in London where he designed a housing scheme for the Slough City Council
1920
Became assistant to the government architect in Bombay, India.
1922
Melbourne Arts & Crafts architect, FL Klingender (formerly of Alsop & Klingender) formed a partnership with Hamilton, with Hamilton becoming the firm’s designer. Architects, RB Hamilton, H D Annear, P Meldrum, J Barlow, WAM Blackett, P Everett, AG Stephenson, L Irwin and JH Wardrop launched the periodical `Every man His Home’
1925
Hamilton started his own practice, active until WW2 and sometimes in partnership with other architects such as Marcus Norris 1945 Robert Hamilton was elected MLA for Toorak. He was also a councillor for Mornington Shire when he died on 15 May 1948.
[3]

 Obituary


Mr. Robert Bell Hamilton, city architect, Liberal member for Toorak in the Legislative Assembly, and a member of Prahran city council and of Mornlngton shire council, died on Saturday in hospital at Mornlngton. He was in his 56th year.

  • Mr. Hamilton, who was born in Melbourne and educated at Scotch College, started practice as an architect soon after the first world war.
  • Elected to. Prahfan council in 1930, and to Mornlngton council in 1940, he was shire president in 1946. In 1945 he won the Toorak seat when he was- one oi six canaiaates, including the retiring Liberal member, Mr. Thonemann.
  • As an M.L.A. he acted as a temporary chairman of committees, and was a member of the Public Works committee.[4]

 


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  2. ^

    Journal of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects: vol. 36 (1938)

  3. ^ http://images.heritage.vic.gov.au/attachment/70729
  4. ^ http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/206899669?searchTerm=%22Robert%20Bell%20Hamilton%22%20%22Shire%20President%22&searchLimits=

Interwar Old English Style

Interwar Old English Style in exclusive Melbourne

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Interwar Old English Styles
Interwar Old English Styles

 


All of these houses, mansions and flats were built in, or nearby, Toorak, are architect-designed, and have now been heritage assessed as Locally Significant Buildings


“… it is in (our) domestic architecture that our architects have made their richest contribution.”
– from Barry Humphries’ Forward to National Trust: Our Interwar Houses (1991)

Styles Illustrated below:

  1. Arts and Crafts
  2. Tudor or Old English
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11 Grosvenor Court, Toorak Avington, Toorak Carn Brae, 429 Glenferrie Road
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Glenholme, 3 Hopetoun Rd Stallwood House Telgai, 4 Struan Street, Toorak

 

English Domestic Revival Styles


Tudor Revival home in Sydney
Tudor Revival home in Sydney

Commonly referred to as Tudor or Old English, the English Domestic revival was an offshoot of the Arts and Crafts medievalism of the late nineteenth century, and shared that movement’s values in terms of

  • dark, natural colourings,
  • a predominance of brickwork,
  • the use of half timbering and a
  • love of wrought iron and leadlight windows.(e.g. Heritage Citation Reports of City of Stonningham VIC)

Domestic Revival: An offshoot of the cult of the Picturesque and the Gothic Revival, it was essentially a style of domestic architecture that incorporated forms, details, and materials found in English vernacular buildings, including

  • steeply pitched tile roofs, dormers,
  • timber-framing and jettied construction,
  • small-paned mullioned and transomed windows (often with leaded lights),
  • tile-hung walls,
  • tall chimneys (often of the Tudor type in carved and moulded brick), and
  • carefully contrived asymmetrical compositions. Also called Old English style.[1] (Encyclopeida.com)

Old English architecture was typified by the use of

  • red or clinker brick,
  • brick nogging and/or half timbering in gables or upper storeys,
  • boldly modelled brick chimneys and
  • terracotta tile roofs. (National Trust: Our Interwar Houses)

 

Tudor Revival style
Tudor Revival style

 

Old English style
Old English style

Steeply pitched roofs with gables rather than hips were a typical characteristic of the larger, two storey examples, though small suburban houses often had a combination of hips and gables.

  • Walls were usually sheer rather than textured and ended flush with the gable of the roof.
  • Sometimes manganese bricks or tiles or tapestry bricks were used to highlight openings and to decorate walls.
  • Picturesque asymmetry was attained through double or triple fronts to the facade, arched porch entries, large, prominent chimneys and, in larger examples, oriel windows and towers.
  • Porches were generally small, and the traditional Australian verandah was not included except in some hybrid examples. Windows were of the sash or casement types, and often featured twelve panes or diamond pattern leadlight.
  • Muted colours were appropriate to this style. Cream, off-white, buff, stone, terracotta and dark brown were most popular. Dark stained timber and red brick were the dominant materials, and cast iron painted black or a dark chocolate brown was also common.[2]

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A number of new economies in materials facilitated the rise of the English Domestic revival.

  • The increasingly availability of seasoned hardwoods made possible the use of brick nogging and half-timbering, even in the most modest house.
  • Added to this was the introduction of terracotta shingle tiles, manufactured by the Eureka tile company in their Ballarat kilns.

By the late 1920s, the inclusion of imitation half timbering in the black and white tradition declined although buildings continued to achieve medieval
associations through picturesque massing of gabled and hipped roofs and through the application of elements such as leadlight windows.

Vernacular half-timbered thatched cottage
Vernacular half-timbered thatched cottage

 

  • Architects also looked to the vernacular of Normandy for inspiration.
  • Architect Robert Hamilton was recognised as the foremost practitioner in this style, designing large and impeccably detailed houses and luxury flats.
  • Other architects strongly associated with Old English/Tudor Revival include Philip HudsonEric Beedham and Arthur Plaisted.

The use of an external expression drawing heavily from medieval precedents became a means of expressing the solidity and longevity of British traditions.

  • Old English or Tudor styled houses were associated with a profound Empire consciousness.
  • Larger houses of the type exploited the associations of the manor to convey wealth and social status.
    Folly Farm, Berkshire 1906, by Lutyens
    Folly Farm, Berkshire 1906, by Lutyens
  • A large Tudor house, no matter how new, somehow conveyed a sense that wealth, even recently achieved, was permanent.
  • So common was the use of this idiom within the nouveau riche enclaves of Toorak and South Yarra that the essentially British term ‘Stockbroker Tudor’ gained popular usage.

 


A major source of the English Domestic Revival or Old English styles is the work of English architect, Phillip Webb (1830-1915), particularly his Red House at Bexley Heath of 1859.

  • Webb’s designs were simple but always picturesque adaptations of Tudor architecture and became a model for much domestic architecture in Britain from the late 19th century to the second world war.
  • The main architects of this revival included Webb, Richard Norman Shaw (1831-1912), and CFA Voysey (1857-1941).

Design in a true Old English mode runs right through the 1920s but it gained much greater momentum from the early 1930s as the bungalow and Spanish Mission began to wane in popularity in Australia.


  • From this time it was taken up by a far greater proportion of the architectural profession, and began to appear as a builder’s expression.
  • Some of the more progressive designers in this mode, such as Edward Billson and Osborn McCutcheon, incorporated modern planning with careful zoning of spaces according to function.
  • Few houses designed by either architects or builders took the opportunity to break away from revivalism in Old English design other than through the process of progressive simplification, the hallmark of late 1930s stylism.
    Bonnington, Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill NSW
    Bonnington, Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill NSW

As the decade drew to a close the sentimentality and strong British associations of the academically detailed Old English were replaced by an expression which drew ever closer to the post-war multi-fronted multi-hipped and unadorned Australian suburban vernacular.

  • A substantial number of residences drawing inspiration from English Domestic revival sources were built in the well-heeled suburbs of Stonnington during the interwar period.

 

Most Significant Buildings in Detail Below:


Examples in this mode with individual Stonnington heritage controls:
(click picture to jump to citation)

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One of the more impressive Old English revival style houses in Toorak, and an excellent example of this popular style

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An extremely imposing Old English style building, it is of particular note for the massive two storey form and the large terracotta shingle roof, slightly curved out at the eaves.

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A very intact and detailed Medieval revival house with half timbering, tile hung wall shingles, patterned brickwork, terra cotta shingled roofing, and leaded glass.

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Apart from its early use of the suburban Old English style (or `Stockbroker Tudor’), this house is unusual because of the number of times it appeared in the national home magazine, `The Australian Home Beautiful’.

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A superb and externally well-preserved example of the Old English style, from 1923, to 1932, showing strong links to the style’s origins, as in the work of CFA Voysey and Norman Shaw

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This house was built c1936-1937 for Edith K Noonan to designs by architect A Mortimer McMillan.

The substantial English Domestic Revival style house at 46 Albany Road, Toorak was built on land subdivided from grounds of the nineteenth century mansion Yar Orrong.

The latter has substantial additions and alterations.

  • is not as intact as some other individually significant examples listed above, but displays a similar high architectural quality, exemplifying architect A Mortimer McMillan’s talent for design in the Old English mode.

 


Glenholme, 3 Hopetoun Road, Toorak



  • Locally significant Heritage (Stonnington HO237)
  • 3 Hopetoun Road was built in 1932 to the design of Arthur and Hugh Peck on part of the ‘Holmby’ estate. on Crown Portion 25.
  • The Macdougalls retained ownership until 1979.

One of the more impressive Old English revival style houses in Toorak, and an excellent example of this popular style. Its importance is in exhibiting picturesque romanticism and for the detailing and impressive articulated forms which create a strong aesthetic character.

Gelnholme, 3 Hopetoun Rd TOORAK, Stonnington City
Gelnholme, 3 Hopetoun Rd TOORAK, Stonnington City

This is one of the more impressive Old English revival style houses in Toorak.

  • The strong presentation to the street is·a consequence of the wide building frontage, the scale of the hipped roof and three projecting gables as well as the symmetry of the main structure.
  • The richness of detailing and articulation of forms augment this impressive character with picturesque romanticism.

Description


This two storey Old English style mansion features a main hip roof with three matching projecting gables facing the street.

  • The central bay is extended with a projecting flat topped portico with a large Tudor arch. This has an angled bay window above, whereas the side gables have a row of leaded glass casements creating a horizontal band.in the Elizabethan manner.
  • The gabled ends have a halftimbered patterned design. The half timbering extends with vertical strapwork down to the first floor level on these bays, forming window surrounds.
  • The building is predominantly finished in render with mouldings around the Tudor arched porte cochere.
  • Clinker brick has been used to provide a contrast to the render. Highlight areasinclude the half timbered window surrounds and central gable, window openings and the porte cochere. The brickwork contained by the half timbering is of a diagonal three brick basket weave design, reflecting traditional brick nogging.
  • The original design was symmetrical except for the side garage.
  • The fenestration comprises both diagonal leaded glazing for windows within decorative half timbered areas, and double hung widows (some with shutters) elsewhere. :There is a central canted bay stair window.

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Old English revival Style included Tudor and medieval influences, reflecting British nationalist sentiment both in Britain and Australia in the inter-war period.

  • There was a strong sympathy with Tudor architecture in the early 1930s by ·leading architects in Melbourne.
  • The availability of clays suitable for making red clinker bricks and terra cotta tiles that reflected English usage provided a further justification for this style.
  • Hugh Peck, like is father was a distinguished architect who was very patriotic about Australia’s’ relations’with England. This is demonstrated in this design.
  • This building was designed at the high point of the popularity of this style and before many of Robert Hamilton’s best known works, possibly the most prominent exponent. This work can be compared favourably with much of Hamilton’s work especially Denby Dale (1938).

History


In 1901 Malvern Hill Road was renamed Hopetoun Road in honour of Lord Hopetoun, Australia’s first Governor General.

  • Henry Noye’s house ‘Holmby’ had been built up by the purchase of a number of separate allotments and the landholding extended from Malvern Road to Church Street. Noyes died in 1922 and the family returned to England.
  • ‘Holmby’ was sold to Philip Pullar, an orchardist, in August 1925.
  • The following year Pullar subdivided the property and sold the allotment fronting Church Street, which became the site of ‘Home Lodge’, the present house at 5 Hopetoun Road.
  • Following Pullar’s death in 1929, the allotment between ‘Holmby’ and ‘Home Lodge’ was sold. (‘Holmby’ was later demolished and replaced with ‘Hopetoun Flats’ at the corner of Malvern Road).

In 1932, plans were submitted to Malvern Council for ‘‘Glenholme’ Hopetoun Road Malvern for K.D. Macdougall’ by Arthur Peck and Hugh L. Peck architects 99 Queen St. Melbourne.
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  • The MMBW plan shows that the house was completed the same year. In September 1933,
  • In September 1933, The Australian Home Beautiful featured the Hugh Peck designed sun-room at ‘Stenholme'[sic],describing the ‘delightful room [as] a wide and spacious sun-trap with its picturesquely-glazed wide and arched windows’ [see full extract attached] .

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Kenneth Macdougall retained ownership of the house, which was numbered 3 Hopetoun Road, until 1979, when the property was sold.

Significance


3 Hopetoun is of significance for the imposing massing of building and roof forms, the symmetrical disposition of the three projecting gables as well as the picturesque character of the Tudor detailing. Physical elements which contribute to this significance are:

  • tile hipped roof projecting gables
  • projecting porte cochere
  • side garage
  • fenestration diagonal leaded glazing for windows within decorative half timbered areas, and double hung windows (some with shutters) elsewhere
  • central canted bay stair window
  • cement render and mouldings
  • contrasting cliker brickwork
  • half timbering sections to the upper floor

 



Carn Brae, 429 Glenferrie Road, Malvern



Carn Brae, 429 Glenferrie Road Malvern
Carn Brae, 429 Glenferrie Road Malvern

An extremely imposing Old English style building, it is of particular note for the massive two storey form and the large terracotta shingle roof, slightly curved out at the eaves.

  • This extends down from the main ridge in a continuous plane over the porte cochere where it curves out to the gutter line. It has aprojecting hipped dormer above the porch and a series of gables at the other end.
  • The chimneys are also striking features rising in simple tapered forms to terracotta chimney pots. The main walls are rendered with subtle quoins to the returns of the columns of the wide porch with Tudor arches and mouldings.
  • Relief is provided to the render on the chimneys with some projecting face bricks at random space and a decorative ‘S’ plate.
  • There is half timbering on one upper level window bay, manganese or clinkers. The windows have diagonal leaded glazing upstairs and downstairs.
  • The deep front garden is formed around the return drive, which has a simple basket weave pattern with a central grass strip, all finished in clinker bricks.
  • There are two gateways and a huge deep garden which features massive oaks and a Eucalyptus citriodora. Other trees in the garden are cedars, elms and two very large River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) on the street alignment, major landmarks on Glenferrie Road and possibly indigenous remnants.
  • The front fence is a simple affair, presumably original, with double gates, including a separate pedestrian gate on the north side, with brick piers of a light clinker finish; the main fence is of dark stained jarrah planks.
  • The property is apparently intact with respect to the principal features.
429 Glenferrie Road MALVERN
429 Glenferrie Road MALVERN
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Avington, 3 Illawarra Crescent, Toorak VIC


  • from domain.com
  • Locally significant Heritage (Stonnington HO62) – Cannot find a citation

No. 3 Illawarra Crescent, Toorak:

  • Contributory, regional significance: A2 grading. Heritage Overlay Number HO62.
  • A very intact and detailed Medieval revival house with half timbering, tile hung wall shingles, patterned brickwork, terra cotta shingled roofing, and leaded glass.
  • It is similar to the work of architect Robert Hamilton. It appears to be very intact.[3]
The $8m Arts and Crafts (half-timbered) Toorak property is situated at the end of a prestigious cul de sac and is a Robert Hamilton designed c1920 English style residence
The $8m Arts and Crafts (half-timbered) Toorak property is situated at the end of a prestigious cul de sac and is a Robert Hamilton designed c1920 English style residence

Guide: $8 million +, Expressions of interest – 5 bed 5 bath 4 car pool


Built by architect Robert Hamilton, Victoria’s foremost practitioner of the inter-war Old English/Tudor Revival style during the 1930s, this property sits at the end of a prestigious cul-de-sac and is surrounded by well-established manicured gardens.

  • You’ll find dark timber floors through the reception hall, an impressive sitting room with a decorative open fireplace and a formal dining room and music room with original timber joinery.
  • “It’s a very stately home,” says agent Marcus Chiminello. “There are not many of these homes left so there’s a scarcity value to the period style residences now, particularly in Toorak.”
  • Sale and photos

Architect Robert B. Hamilton


“Robert B. Hamilton was the pre-eminent designer of flats, particularly in his trademark Old English style, in Toorak and South Yarra inthe 1930s.

  • After studying and working overseas, including a position as assistant to the Government architect in Bombay, India he returned to Ausralia and formed a partnership with Rodney Alsop in 1921 before establishing his own practice in 1925.
  • According to Cuffley (2007:114) while Hamilton possessed a deep affection for romantic styles in architecture he had a ‘practical and inventive talent and was capable of working in a range of styles and to any scale’.

Nonetheless Hamilton is remembered best for his Old English style flats and commercial buildings constructed in Toorak and South Yarra.

  • Cuffley (2007:115-6) cites a 1934 article in Art in Australia:
    To those who seek the particular type of English domestic architecture that suggests comfort and romance … Mr Robert Hamilton’s outlook should appeal. Every detail is a matter of consideration, carefully selected and hand-made whenever possible.”[[federation-house/Trophy Homes#cite_note-2|[3] ]]

See also page Architect Robert Hamilton


11 Grosvenor Court, Toorak



The house at 11 Grosvenor Court Toorak is an imposing double-storey Arts and Crafts style residence with limestone clad walls.

11 Grosvenor Court, Toorak
11 Grosvenor Court, Toorak
  • The house at 11 Grosvenor Court, Toorak is a double-storey limestone clad Arts and Crafts style building.
  • It was designed by architect Bernard Sutton and built c1936 on land subdivided from the nineteenth century mansion Grosvenor.
  • 11 Grosvenor Court has a spare and elegant quality derived from the strong massing, stone cladding and steel framed windows.
    • The simplicity of the detailing, especially the absence of facias at the gable ends strengthens the imposing design.
    • It has a quality that can be found in refined early twentieth century English work where Arts and Crafts principles were adapted to a modernist approach, stripped of fussy detailing. It is similar to the 1933 house at 3 Benson Avenue, designed by Walter and Richard Butler.
    • 11 Grosvenor Court lacks the rusticated random blocks of 3 Benson Avenue but is more refined with respect to details and materials. The use of ashlar stone cladding at this period for domestic architecture is of special note.

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The house at 11 Grosvenor Court is an imposing double-storey Arts and Crafts style residence with limestone clad walls.

  • The street elevation is dominated by a central projecting full height gable and two subordinate lower gables which flank this central element. The three gables project from the principal transverse gable.
  • The roof is steeply pitched and slate clad. The windows are of simple-steel framed casements of a neo-Georgian design. The rear garage is original and has a slate roof facing the street.
  • The front fence is of random coursed ashlar construction with colour variations creating a rustic effect in contrast with the dressed limestone walls of the house.

 


 

Former ‘Stallwood House’,

8 Monaro Road MALVERN, Stonnington City



Apart from its early use of the suburban Old English style (or `Stockbroker Tudor’), this house is unusual because of the number of times it appeared in the national home magazine, `The Australian Home Beautiful’. It was pictured in the cover twice and in detail in another issue, making it among the most publicised suburban home designs in the inter-war issues of the periodical.
This gabled and hipped roof, two-story Old English style house has

  • stuccoed walls (originally sand finished) and half- timbered gable ends,
  • Marseilles pattern terra-cotta roof tiles, timber-framed casement windows with diamond pane lead lighting (originally `bottle glass’) and
  • timber shutters, clinker brick feature elements such as the entry porch and chimney capping, and
  • crazy or random paving to the entry and driveway median strip.

The main elevations (east and north) followed on from those used in the Federation, Queen Anne and English Domestic Revival styles, with the projecting gabled room bays as the main elevation element, with extended gabled roof-lines reaching from the upper level eaves to the lower to produce the traditional attic form.

  • The `loggia’ shown on plan at the north-east corner is framed by the hand-hewn oak brackets typical for the style.

 

8 Monaro Road MALVERN, Stonnington City
8 Monaro Road MALVERN, Stonnington City

`The Australian Home Beautiful’ of 1931 noted the front door as a `sturdy affair in oak’, oak being also used for wall panelling and other joinery internally.

History


In 1929 Arthur H. Stallwood, a banker, purchased the allotment in Monaro Road from Mrs Mary Ross.

  • A plan for a ‘Residence Monaro Road Toorak for Arthur Stallwood Esq.’ was prepared by Eric Beedham Architect, Stock Exchange Building 322 Little Collins Street.’
  • In 1930 an 8 roomed house was built on the site for an estimated sum of £5400. The house is pictured on the 1931 covers of `The Australian Home Beautiful’ both February and July editions.
  • In 1931 `The Australian Home Beautiful’ featured exterior and interior photographs and a floor plan of the property.
    Titled ‘A Pleasant Home in a Pleasant Situation’, the article described the house as having ‘adapted the Old English style to Australian conditions, and the result is an attractive well-balanced building which presents several distinctive features to mark it out from its fellows.’
  • 1954 Stallwood sells to G. W. Wilson.
  • 1959 Building permit applied for Carport
  • 1962 Jorgensen and Anor purchased the property 1965 sold to Cook.
  • 1973 Building permit applied for additions, $4998.
  • 1976 Building permit applied for alterations, $3500.

Interior



`The Australian Home Beautiful’ of 1931 stated that oak was used for wall panelling and other joinery internally, such as the shelf to the `texture’ brick fireplaces.

  • The fireplaces were set at an angle across the corner of the main rooms, typically for the era.
  • It also noted the clever use of the entry and stair hall for front and rear entrances, the latter from the garage (since demolished).
  • The published plan also had a `loggia’ shared by the dining and living rooms, a device typically used in Mediterranean or Italian Villa style houses but obviously also a useful element in the Old English style.
  • The kitchen opened into the dining room and connected to the maid’s room, by then a rare item in house design.
  • Upstairs there were three bedrooms, sewing room, bathroom and a generous north facing balcony to the master bedroom. Ample built-in furniture was provided.

 



Telgai House, 4 Struan Street, Toorak



Telgai House at 4 Struan Street, Toorak is of Local (potential State) significance architecturally and historically: –

  • as a superb and externally well-preserved example of the Old English style, from 1923, to 1932,
  • showing strong links to the style’s origins, as in the work of CFA Voysey and Norman Shaw –
  • for its association with the State’s foremost practitioner of the inter-war Old English or Tudor revival style, Robert Hamilton,
  • as a well preserved example of one of Hamilton’s first designs undertaken after becoming a sole practitioner
Talzie or Telgai House at 4 Struan Street, Toorak
Talzie or Telgai House at 4 Struan Street, Toorak

This large attic-form Old English style clinker brick house was built in stages, the first designed by noted architect Robert Bell Hamilton. A major but sympathetic extension to the west was made prior to 1932, doubling the width of the building.

  • The dominant element in the design is the terra-cotta shingled roof: a combination of steeply pitched hipped and gabled roofs, with skillion roof forms over ground level room bays.
  • The two main gables are clad with stained vertical boarding, one on the east being from the first stage and the other, above the entry, being from the 1932 addition and houses a balcony.
  • A third gable faces east, containing another balcony.
  • Diamond paned timber casement windows in the front elevation enhance the English vernacular associations.
  • The picturesque combination of roof forms resembles the work of the noted English Arts & Crafts architect, CFA Voysey, while the emphasis on natural and rustic materials such as the rough and irregularly coloured clinker brickwork, the fine shingles and the stained timberwork, reflect the strong influence of the Arts & Crafts.
  • A low brick front fence encloses a garden of shrubs and mature trees. A semi-circular driveway winds past the large entry at the centre of the front facade.

 

History


  • 1922 J Johnstone declared a plan of subdivision of part of CP15, Parish of Prahran, that contained a resubdivision of LP10555: it held four lots, this property being lot 4.
  • 1922 In October architect Robert Hamilton purchased lot 4 of Warrawee Estate from Mrs George Moore, the owner of Warrawee.
  • 1923 The MMBW plan of drainage 13125 for the house has Hamilton as the owner (and designer): it was drawn June 1923 and the work carried out by April 1925.
  • The MMBW Field Book 2192: 81: shows RB Hamilton as the owner of a new house, the drawing of the house plan and drainage was signed May 1923.
  • 1923-4 Hamilton sold the house to Mrs Alice Clark in 1923-4
  • 1924-5 Hamilton is listed as the occupier of the new building. The house was later named Telgai and owned and occupied by Alice and Heaton Clark until at least 1960.
  • 1932 MMBW Plan of Drainage 13125 shows doubling of house built frontage with an addition on the west, the architect is assumed to be Hamilton, the agent is again TF Crabb’ of Elizabeth St, Melbourne; the owner was now Alice N Clark of Struan St.: the name of the house was `Talzie’.
  • Robert B Hamilton calls tenders for alterations and additions to a 2-storey brick residence in Struan St, Toorak: the successful builder was TF Crabb TF Crabb, builder, receives building permit for brick additions worth £760 for Mrs Heaton Clarke, owner.
  • 1930s-1950s Victorian directories show Heaton C Clark in residence.
  • 1968 Heaton C Clark dies, with his obituary stating that he was Chief Engineer for the Metropolitan Gas Company from the 1920s to his retirement in 1954. He died at Victoria House Hospital, Toorak, aged 79.
  • 1984 The house was identified in the Prahran Conservation Study Building Identification Form (N Lewis & Assoc) as of State significance (A1) in a level 2 streetscape

 


46 Albany Road, Toorak



The house at 46 Albany Road stands on the north-east corner of Albany and Kooyong Roads.
This house was built c1936-1937 for Edith K Noonan to designs by architect A Mortimer McMillan.

The house at 46 Albany Road Toorak
The house at 46 Albany Road Toorak
  • The substantial English Domestic Revival style house at 46 Albany Road, Toorak was built on land subdivided from grounds of the nineteenth century mansion Yar Orrong.
46 Albany Road, Toorak, VIC
46 Albany Road, Toorak, VIC
  • The house is architecturally significant as a large, skilfully designed and generally well-preserved English Domestic Revival style interwar residence.
  • The house is of some historical interest as evidence of a major phase of development that took place in the 1920s and 1930s when many of Toorak and Malvern’s grand nineteenth century mansion estates were subdivided to create prestigious residential enclaves
  • This is a large and picturesque double storey English Domestic Revival style residence with its principal elevation aligned to Kooyong Road.
  • The roof is composed from a series of hips and gable ends with terracotta shingle tile cladding and tall sturdy brick chimneys.
  • External walls are mostly of clinker brick with plain rendered surfaces used sparingly on the Kooyong Road gable ends.
  • The plain rendered walls are enlivened by fine brick detailing, including herringbone bond infill above the entry porch and irregular panels of darker thin bricks on the gable ends.
  • Timber framed windows with leadlight glazing add further to the house’s romantic Medieval character. The house remains substantially intact externally apart from the c1938 lift addition and the larger scale c2012 attic storey addition to the garage at the Albany Road end.
  • These works were sympathetically detailed to match the existing house and have not undermined the integrity of the original A Mortimer McMillan design.
46 Albany Road, Toorak, streetview
46 Albany Road, Toorak, streetview

46 Albany Road is not as intact as some other individually significant examples above, but displays a similar high architectural quality, exemplifying architect A Mortimer McMillan’s talent for design in the Old English mode.

  • Elements that contribute to the significance of the place include (but are not limited to):
    • The original external form, materials and detailing.
    • The high level of integrity to its interwar appearance.
    • The unpainted state of the face brick and terracotta elements.
    • The domestic garden setting

Stonnington Interwar Houses Study


The Stonnington Interwar Houses Study[4] has found that the following houses that were proposed for protection by Amendment L47 still meet the threshold of local significance (A2 graded) and warrant individual protection as part of Amendment C222:

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It was built on a nineteenth century subdivision, at a time when Malvern was experiencing a major growth in suburban housing.

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(Classical Chicago style)
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2-Ledbury-Court-Toorak.pdf

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20-Heyington-Place-Toorak.pdf
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219-Kooyong-Road-Toorak.pdf

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22-St-Georges-Road-Toorak.pdf
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221-Kooyong-Road-Toorak.pdf
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style residence erected in 1928 to designs by the important architectural firm of W & R Butler
and Martin. The house occupies a subdivision of the Illawara mansion estate.
26-St-Georges-Road-Toorak.pdf
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constructed in 1934 to designs by the noted architectural firm Irwin and Stevenson. The
house was built on land subdivided from the grounds of the 1880s Eilyer mansion.
28-Albany-Road-Toorak.pdf
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38-St-Georges-Road-Toorak.pdf
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residence (Criterion D). The house is generally atypical of Architect Cedric Ballantyne’s
oeuvre but it nonetheless demonstrates a skilful handling of the Old English mode.
39-41-Hopetoun-Road-Toorak.pdf
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constructed c1934 to designs by accomplished interwar architect A Mortimer McMillan. It was built on the grounds of the nineteenth century mansion Medindie (formerly The Elms).
407-Glenferrie-Road-Malvern.pdf
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This house was built c1936-1937 for Edith K Noonan to designs by architect A Mortimer McMillan.
(Full description above)

46-Albany-Road-Toorak.pdf

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Revival style building designed by noted interwar architect Robert Bell Hamilton. It was built
c1932 following the demolition and subdivision of the nineteenth century mansion Montalto.
687-Orrong-Road-Toorak.pdf
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was built c1934 on land subdivided from the grounds of the nineteenth century mansion
Glenbervie. The house was constructed by, and possibly also designed by, prestige builders Dickson and Yorston.
81-St-Georges-Road-Toorak.pdf
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dwelling erected in 1927 to designs by prolific interwar architects Arthur and Hugh Peck. It was built on land subdivided from the 1880s mansion Eilyer.
9-Linlithgow-Road-Toorak.pdf

Malvern’s Old English Style Houses



Houses in the former City of Malvern which derive from Old English or English Medieval styles identified in heritage studies of the City are listed below.

  • The style group can be further broken up into places which have an Arts & Crafts or English Domestic Revival basis, that date typically from the Edwardian-era and around WW1, and those which resemble the suburban Old English style of the house at Monaro Rd that are typically from the late 1920s but more typically the 1930s.
  • The latter type has the characteristic main hipped roof, with projecting half-timbered gable, clinker brick walls, stained `oak’ beams exposed on the exterior at porches and timber framed often grouped windows with diamond panes.[5]
Glyn 224 Kooyong Rd Toorak
Glyn 224 Kooyong Rd Toorak
224 Kooyong Rd, Tootak
built 1908 and designed by Klingender & Alsop:
Glyn is not just one of Melbourne’s grandest mansions. It is also one of Victoria’s most significant homes, an arts and crafts classic that represents the pinnacle of this distinctive style.

Architect Rodney Alsop designed Glyn in 1908 as a statement of wealth and privilege for the financier, banker and politician, Sir Edward Miller.

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built 1911 and designed by HD Annear
It’s a trophy house with a rich and colourful history. The renowned architect Harold Desbrowe Annear designed the two-storey house in the Arts and Crafts style in 1911 for Charles Engholm.
In the 1930s Marcus Martin, a young architect working in Desbrowe Annear’s studio, completed alterations to the house. Marcus went on to become the darling of Toorak and South Yarra society, designing and renovating houses in both suburbs.

Crumpford
Crumpford
Crumpford 2 Stonnington Place, Toorak
built 1918 and designed by Klingender & Alsop
This picturesque English style cottage at 2 Stonnington Place is notable for its simple single ridged slate gable roof containing attic rooms with flat deck dormers.
Renowned architect Rodney Alsop designed and built a unique precinct in this section of Stonnington Place. The cottages included:
The Croft, 4 Stonnington Place (1913) Alsop‘s own house, now demolished 8 Stonnington Place (1914)
Tongaboo, 6 Stonnington Place (1916) Crumpford, 2 Stonnington Place (1918)
333 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
333 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
333 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
built 1918 and designed by Peck, Arthur & Hugh

The former Player house at 333 Glenferrie Road, Malvern is architecturally significant, as a good if somewhat altered example of the English Domestic Revival mode, with distinctive elements such as the bell cast forms,

The former Player house was identified as a significant building in the City of Malvern Heritage Study (Nigel Lewis and Associates, 1992). The later Individual Heritage Place Citation prepared by Graeme Butler and Associates (March 2002, updated October 2003) identified the dwelling as a being of ‘local significance’.

2 Glyndebourne Ave, Toorak
2 Glyndebourne Ave, Toorak
2 Glyndebourne Ave, Toorak
built 1918 and designed by Oakden & Ballantyne
Glyndebourne Avenue, created in 1919 with the subdivision of the ‘Glyndebourne’ Heights Estate, was well placed to attract home-owners expecting the latest in architectural styles.

Windarring. (2 Glyndebourne Ave) Double storey interwar villa with attic storey. Divided into units, Heritage Overlay Number HO180. This striking two-storey Craftsman style house was designed by the accomplished partnership of Oakden and Ballantyne, forerunners in the American Bungalow style, with low gables, overhanging roofs, heavy beams, rough-cast walls and flat roofed verandahs with thick pylon supports, was quickly gaining momentum.

19 Moorhouse St, Armadale
19 Moorhouse St, Armadale
19 Moorhouse St, Armadale
built 1920 and designed by Henry H Kemp

The sale of 19 Moorhouse St further showed how sought-after homes at the top-end of the Melbourne market have been in recent weeks, coming shortly after three properties in other prestigious suburbs flew more than $1 million over reserve. Mr Chiminello had been asking $6.2 million-plus for the recently renovated 1923 family residence. Five families competed in the early auction, pushing the sale price past $7.5 million, with the party who’d made the offer missing out on the house.

108 Kooyong Rd, built 1922 and designed by Richardson & Wood (demolished)
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built 1925 and designed by Robert B Hamilton

The house at 13 Myamyn Street, Armadale is an attic storey English Domestic Revival style building with Shingle style overtones. It was built c1926 to designs by the noted interwar architect Robert Bell Hamilton.

13-Myamyn-Street-Armadale.pdf

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built 1925-6 and designed by Stephenson & Meldrum

Little Milton is of architectural significance as an outstanding example of an Old English/Art and Crafts style, interwar
mansion. Its massing and detailing are skilfully executed and the house sits comfortably in its landscaped environs, although, perhaps unusually, it makes no attempt to capitalise on its corner siting;

Read more: Nothing little about Milton, or its neighbours – MARC PALLISCO MAY 7, 2011

13 Whernside Ave Malvern (demolished), built 1926 and designed by Klingender & Alsop
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429 Glenferrie Rd, built 1927 and designed by Eric Beedham

An extremely imposing Old English style building, it is of particular note for the massive two storey form and the large terracotta shingle roof, slightly curved out at the eaves.
(Read more above)

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built 1929 and designed by Leslie Reed

This stunning Period residence with an in-ground pool and spa is infused with elegant glamour and designer chic. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are testament to the artisan design and superior quality from the travertine lobby to the banks of picture windows, magnificent gardens, luxurious finishes and the latest in home living and entertainment spaces.
Sale listing and photographs

4 Moonga Rd, Toorak
built 1929 and designed by Walter Mason (demolished?)
The Old English style house at 4 Moonga Rd (corner Merriwee Cr) designed by architect Walter Mason was called “The house of today” by the Australian Home Beautiful in 1932.
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built 1929 and designed by FL & K Klingender

A large Old English style house, with strong rood, building forms and massings. The large gables are similar in form to Alsop and Klingender’s Wertheim residence at 13 Whernside Avenue Toorak.

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12 Macquarie Rd, Toorak
built 1930 and designed by Robert Hamilton

Overlooking a well established northern garden on an allotment in excess of 13,000 sqft, this superb English style four bedroom plus study residence offers an outstanding family environment with a wonderful blend of spacious light-filled formal and informal living areas all with beautiful garden aspects.

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built 1932 and designed by Cedric H Ballantyne

The large double-storey Georgian revival style house at 35-39 Albany Road, Toorak was constructed c1941 to designs by accomplished architect Geoffrey Sommers. It was built on land subdivided from the grounds of the 1870s mansion Kenley, and was Sir Keith Murdoch’s home in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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built 1932 and designed by Arnaud Wright

In 1932/33, architect Arnaud Wright designed a number of the Old English style houses on the west side of Power Ave including 23, 21, 19, 17 and 15.

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built 1933 and possible a derivative design in Walter & Richard Butler style in the Arts and Crafts style[6]
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built 1933 and designed by Robert Hamilton

A simple attic cottage designedt by Rodney Alsop and Marcus Martin.

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38-42 Hopetoun Rd, Toorak
built 1933 and designed by JFW Ballantyne (demolished)

Heritage Overlay Review – Amendment C5, C6
Picturesque Old English style.
One of the more evocative Old English style houses in Toorak.

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Apart from its early use of the suburban Old English style (or `Stockbroker Tudor’), this house is unusual because of the number of times it appeared in the national home magazine, `The Australian Home Beautiful’.
It was pictured in the cover twice and in detail in another issue, making it among the most publicised suburban home designs in the inter-war issues of the periodical.

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built 1935-40c and designed by Hollinshed, Neville

A distinguished Old English style attic gabled residence. The windows are a simple Georgian revival style, with shutters.

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built 1936 and designed by AW Plaisted

Of Victorian State significance as the high point of the career of architect Arthur Plaisted after his early success with Hartpury Court in Elwood, and before he fell out of favour after trenchant criticism by Robin Boyd over his Castle Towers project in South Yarra.
The chimneys are powerful elements projecting above extended chimney breasts with a pair of angled chimneys dominating the view from the street. Visible Tudor style window casements.

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built 1937 and designed by AW Plaisted

A fine example of the picturesque Old English style by Architect Arthur Plaisted.
The character of the projecting car garage form is a clever device that adds complexity and interest, while concealing its true function.

Denby Dale, 424 Glenferrie Rd, Toorak
Denby Dale, 424 Glenferrie Rd, Toorak
Denby Dale, 424 Glenferrie Rd, Toorak
built 1938 and designed by Robert Hamilton & Associate Marcus Norris

This apartment complex represents the high point in Interwar development of apartments set in garden courts and designed in the Old English style.
Denby Dale consists of twelve flats in three blocks of two storys in height and each story contains two flats. Perhaps the finest example of the Luxury flat type designed by Robert Hamilton

Victorian Heritage Registered

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Hoopetoun Flats, 1077 Malvern Rd, Malvern
built 1939 and designed by Marcus R Barlow, & Assoc

These flats are an elaborate design using Old English style.
A particularly fine example of an Old English style development which provides a dominant character to this important corner of Hopetoun Road.

 


Melbourne Area Old English Heritage buildings



From the Victorian Heritage Register

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14 Grange Road, Toorak
14 Grange Road, Toorak

Burnham

14 Grange Road, Toorak

Burnham, as designed by Robert B. Hamilton and constructed in 1932-3, is significant. The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats and garages, front and side brick fences.
The high level of external intactness and wide range of decorative and quirky detailing that is typical of Hamilton including uniquely designed screen doors with inset panels, the bracket with name plate and light fittings etc. are integral to the significance of the place.

Historically, it is significant as one of the first examples of the Old EnglishLuxury flat type designed by Robert Hamilton to resemble a large single-family home, an approachthat he would use in many of his subsequent developments.
Hamilton was one of the most important and influential designers of Luxury flats in Toorak and South Yarra and this development of four large single-levelflats together with ‘Haddon Hall’, which is of a similar design, but comprising maisonettes demonstrate the two approaches used by Hamilton over the next decade either in separate buildings or in combination.

Colinton
Colinton
Colinton
Colinton
Colinton
Colinton

Colinton

92 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury Boroondara City, VIC, 3126

A Landmark residence of Historical significance recently restored and set on majestic established gardens of 36,000 sq ft approx. Colinton, 92 Mont Albert Road Canterbury was built in 1926 to the design of the architectural firm Barlow and Hawkins as the family home of Walter Gillespie of the noted family of flour millers.

The inter-war Tudor style house is set well back on its large corner block to allow a picturesque view of the house across the garden. The picturesque is accentuated by the sweeping driveway and by the oblique siting of the house which gives emphasis to the three dimensional form of the design.

The steep pitched, shingled roof with its ‘swept valleys’ is well composed and can be appreciated from the street. The tall clumped chimney flues, small paned windows, and the half-timbered surface treatment all add to the romantic illusion of a substantial English country house in a park setting. This illusion is carried through into the interior, mainly in the stair hall, dining and sitting rooms. The four elevations are studied and are substantially intact, particularly on the north, south and east sides.

The working drawings for the house, signed by FG Hawkins, are in existence and the house displays a high degree of integrity and intactness particularly in respect of the roof, chimneys, major windows, brickwork and masonry finishes, stair and stair hall, sleep-out, lighting fixtures, doors and door furniture, switches, bell systems and joinery.

As well, the garden setting with its several early plantings, its sweeping gravel drive, its imposing front gates (replicas of the originals) and its open lawn giving a clear vista of the house, remains faithful to the original design concept.
Marcus Barlow was a skilled publicist and Colinton was featured in an extensive article in the leading magazine Australian Home Beautiful in May 1927 as well as in Barlow and Hawkins’s showcase publication Australian Homes also published in 1927.

The Gillespie family owned Colinton until 1935 when it was purchased by the Beecham family of the timber industry. Other owners have included Walter Higgins, company director and Arthur Goode the noted stockbroker.

In 1992 the property was purchased by Max and Jane Chester. During 1962 under the Goode ownership the south west service wing was added to the design of architect David Nall who also converted the guest bedroom to allow access to the garden. Apart from the excision of one house block on the east side, the property has retained its extensive garden setting.
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Combe Martin
Combe Martin

Combe Martin

819-820 The Esplanade, Mornington, Mornington Peninsula Shire, VIC, 3931

Combe Martin is a two-storey brick residence constructed as a holiday house for the successful iron and steel manufacturer, Charles Ruwolt and his family in 1939-40.

Combe Martin is architecturally significant as an unusual and accomplished example of interwar architecture in the Old English style and as an unusual example of the work of the prominent Melbourne architectural firm of Norman Seabrook and Alan L. Fildes.

The house was designed in the Interwar Old English style by the noted architectural firm of Seabrook and Fildes and is elaborately detailed, inside and out.

Combe Martin is historically significant for its association with the engineer and manufacturer, Charles Ruwolt, whose iron and steel manufacturing firm was one of the largest in Australia. The house demonstrates its association with Ruwolt in much of its detailing in metal, produced in the Ruwolt foundry.

Gowrie Court Toorak
Gowrie Court Toorak

Gowrie Court

716 Orrong Road, Toorak

Gowrie Court, 716 Orrong Road, Toorak as designed by Robert B. Hamilton and constructed by 1940 is significant. The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats as designed by Hamilt

Historically, Gowrie Court is significant as ‘Luxury’ residential flats designed by Robert B. Hamilton who was the leading designer of this type of flat development in Toorak and South Yarra during the inter-war period. The mix of flat types – in this case a maisonette, large family flats and one bachelor flat – is characteristic of Hamilton’s developments of the late 1930s. The inclusion of the ‘bachelor’ flat is of note as a rare example of a ‘Luxury’ flat specifically for single people or couples.

Haddon Hall
Haddon Hall
405 Toorak Road, Toorak
405 Toorak Road, Toorak

Haddon Hall

405 Toorak Road, Toorak
Haddon Hall, as designed by Robert B. Hamilton and constructed in 1931-2, is significant. The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats, front and side brick fences, the garden setback to Toorak Road with semi-circular driveway.

The high level of external intactness and wide range of decorative and quirky detailing that is typical of Hamilton including uniquely designed screen doors with inset panels, the bracket with name plate and light fittings etc. are integral to the significance of the place.
Historically, it is significant as one of the first examples of the Luxury flat type designed by Robert Hamilton and represents his prototype of maisonettes designed to resemble a large single-family home that he would use in his subsequent developments. Hamilton was a pioneer of maisonette developments, which were promoted as a practical alternative to a detached house and was the forerunner of the post-war townhouse.

Architecturally, Haddon Hall is significant as a highly accomplished and externally intact example of inter-war flats designed in the Old English style. Details such as the fine brickwork and fachwerk, massive corbelled chimneys, and entrance gates with silhouette panels and lanterns, as well as its setting with a curved drive and original brick fence all contribute to its significance. Also for its association with Robert Hamilton, Victoria’s foremost practitioner of the inter-war Old English style.

Kensington Mews
Kensington Mews

Kings Lynn

280 Williams Road, Toorak

Two storey inter-war’Old English’ style maisonettes, designed by P.J. O’Connor (Please refer to precinct citation). Very intact. Significant features include the building, random stone with tile coing front and side boundary fence and garages at rear. Designed by P.J. O’Connor, c.1933.

Architects to use corner towers in the 1930s to mark the staircase included Gawler and Drummond, Stuart Hill and A.W. Plaisted. Robert Hamilton’s Kings Lynn in Toorak is very handsome.(Individually significant in HO155)

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Muyunata

26 Kensington Road, South Yarra
designed by Arthur W. Plaisted and constructed in 1936, is significant. The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats as designed by Plaisted.

Architecturally and aesthetically, Muyanata Flats is a good example of the flat designs of architect Arthur Plaisted, who is known for his mastery of many different styles in his inter-war designs and is particularly noted as a pre-eminent designer of Old English style flats. The flats are distinguished by the attention to detail and unusual use of rough, rustic finishes to add authenticity to the Medieval design.

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Stonehaven

692 Orrong Road, Toorak, Stonnington City
Luxury flats by Robert Hamilton

While ‘Luxury’ flats in Stonnington were designed by a number of architects Robert B. Hamilton appears to have been the pre-eminent designer of luxury flats in Toorak and South Yarra – Sawyer (1982:68) cites a 1938 article in the RVIA Journal where Hamilton pointed out that there was demand in the South Yarra district for flats ‘which provide accommodation for more affluent residents’.

Throughout the 1930s Hamilton would design at least 11 flat developments in Toorak and South Yarra. Most of them fit within the category of luxury flats. Three of his known flat developments –

  • Park Manor (built c.1935),
  • Stonehaven (c.1933-35) and
  • Denby Dale (c.1938) are currently listed in the HO and four more were assessed by the Residential Flats 2012 study.
  • Victorian Heritage Register
  • A fine example of the Old English style
  • A design by Robert Hamilton
Taunton
Taunton

Taunton

520 Toorak Road, Toorak

Taunton, designed by Robert B. Hamilton and Associates and constructed in 1936, is significant. The significant attributes are the Old English style form, materials and detailing of the flats, low brick garden walls, garage and front fence and lych gate, and the garden setting. The high level of external intactness and wide range of decorative and quirky detailing that is typical of Hamilton including uniquely designed screen doors with inset panels, the grotesques to the lych gate etc. are integral to the significance of the place.

Architecturally, Taunton is a highly accomplished and externally intact example of interwar flats designed in the Old English style. Aesthetically, the flats are distinguished by their skillful modulation of roof forms, projecting bays, window types and cladding materials to break up a long building and create the sense of an intimate Medieval village. Details of particular note include the Japanese-influenced lych gate with carved grotesques, and the rare use of terracotta roof shingles and hung tiles. Also for its association with Robert Hamilton, Victoria’s foremost practitioner of the inter-war Old English style.

Westerfield
Westerfield
Westerfield
Westerfield
Westerfield
Westerfield
Westerfield
Westerfield

Westerfield

72-118 Robinsons Road, Frankston South
Westerfield is architecturally significant as an example of the rural retreats built by Melbourne’s wealthiest families in the 1920s. It is an outstanding example of an innovative Arts and Crafts style house and garden, designed in 1924 by the prominent Melbourne architect Harold Desbrowe Annear, who was a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement in Victoria. It is among the most intact of his houses, and retains many original features, including the built-in furniture and door fittings.

Westerfield is historically significant for its association with Sir Russell Grimwade, a man of extraordinary diversity, active in some of Australia’s largest and most enterprising business concerns, particularly in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and prominent in such bodies as the National Museum and the University of Melbourne. Grimwade was an early advocate for nature conservation, and had a great interest in native plants and their cultivation.

Westerfield was a 45 hectare property purchased in 1920 by Russell and Mabel Grimwade as a farm and rural retreat, in an area which became popular in the 1920s for the holiday houses of Melbourne’s most prominent families.

  • Russell Grimwade (1879-1955) was one of Australia’s outstanding industrialists, scientists and philanthropists. He was trained in science, was chairman of numerous chemical companies, including the family pharmaceutical business, Felton Grimwade & Co, which later became Drug Houses of Australia, and of the Victorian Board of Scientific and Industrial Research. His interests included arboriculture, carpentry, photography and forestry, and he was an enthusiast for native plants who published an Anthology of Eucalypts in 1920.
  • At Westerfield he began to plant what became a collection of more than fifty species of gums, as well as acres of lavender and roses, from which oil was distilled.

A house designed by the fashionable Melbourne architect Harold Desbrowe Annear was built at Westerfield in 1924. Nearby was a terraced lawn, a garden and pergola, probably also designed by Annear, an orchard and vegetable garden, and a timber windmill (now demolished) designed to generate electricity for the house.

  • An area of natural bushland east of the house was retained.
  • With the onset of World War II Australia’s supply of many essential plant-derived drugs was cut off, and Grimwade, with the aid of the Federal Government, obtained seed from England and cultivated at Westerfield crops of poppies, foxgloves, deadly nightshade, henbane and colchicum.
  • He constructed a drying shed, and with the resources of the family firm’s laboratories developed extraction techniques to produce many of the drugs essential for Australia’s war effort.
  • The poppy seed grown at Westerfield was distributed to farms around Australia, and was able to satisfy all of Australia’s morphine requirements until after the war. Grimwade was knighted in 1950. The property was sold and subdivided after his death.

The Westerfield estate is now on 14 hectares and incorporates a house, garden, paddocks, dam and bushland.

  • The two storey Arts and Crafts style house has ground floor walls of uncoursed locally-quarried granite rubble and a half timber and stucco upper floor.
  • The plan is unconventional with three wings radiating out from a central stair hall. The house has no corridors, and many rooms have unusual shapes.
  • The interior is remarkably intact, with many original details such as built-in furniture and door furniture. Much use was made of stained timber, for floors, skirtings, architraves, doors and built-in cupboards, but some is now painted white.
  • A small timbered tower containing a water tank rises from the centre of the cement-tiled roof. In the angle between two wings is an east-facing semicircular porch, now glassed in, axially aligned to the main garden path. Above the porch is a balustraded deck, intended as a lookout towards Westernport Bay. To the south of the house are a caretaker’s cottage and a garage.

The landscape still reflects the original design, with distinct but integrated features.

Architects featured on this page:


  1. Rodney Alsop
  2. Harold Desbrowe Annear
  3. Cedric Ballantyne
  4. Marcus R Barlow
  5. Barlow and Hawkins
  6. Eric Beedham
  7. Edward Fielder Billson
  8. Walter & Richard Butler
  9. Gawler and Drummond
  10. Robert Bell Hamilton
  11. Stuart Hill
  12. Charles Neville Hollinshed
  13. Philip Hudson,
  14. Irwin and Stevenson
  15. Henry H Kemp
  16. FL & K Klingender
  17. Klingender & Alsop
  18. Walter Mason
  19. Marcus Martin
  20. Marcus Norris
  21. Osborn McCutcheon
  22. A Mortimer McMillan
  23. David Nall
  24. P.J. O’Connor
  25. Arthur and Hugh Peck NB for such a prominent architect, biographical and practice data is definitely lacking!
    Otherwise, remembered as a yachtsman: Peck Family – The early years – Davey’s Bay Yacht Club
  26. Arthur Plaisted
  27. Leslie Reed
  28. Seabrook and Fildes
  29. Stephenson & Meldrum
  30. Geoffrey Sommers NB A biography and list of works needs to be assembled for this society architect!
  31. Bernard Sutton
  32. Sydney Smith and Ogg
  33. Arnaud Wright

  1. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/domestic-revival
  2. ^ https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Our-Inter-war-Housing.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/adl/c189-exhibited-documents/toorak-house-precinct-citation-ho460.pdf
  4. ^http://dsewebapps.dse.vic.gov.au/Shared/ATSAttachment1.nsf/(attachmentopen)/8C4026675DB1B387CA25810A003006D7/$File/Stonnington+C222+Panel+Report+.pdf
  5. ^ http://images.heritage.vic.gov.au/attachment/70756
  6. ^ http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/adl/heritage-overlays/ho259-3-benson-avenue-toorak.pdf

Ranfurlie, Glen Iris

Ranfurlie, 32 Ranfurlie Cres, Glen Iris VIC 3146

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'Ranfurlie', 32 Ranfurlie Crescent, Glen Iris, Vic 3146, Sold on 14 Jun 2014 for $1,156,000
‘Ranfurlie’, 32 Ranfurlie Crescent, Glen Iris, Vic 3146, Sold on 14 Jun 2014 for $1,156,000

Laneway Music founder Vincent Donato lists Glen Iris home


Laneway Music founder Vincent Donato has listed his reinvented Glen Iris home in Melbourne’s Donnington Estate.

  • It is a 1910 Edwardian home with grand period features.
  • Donato paid $1.56 million in 2014.
  • Donato founded Laneway Music, a heritage music label devoted to re-issuing artist catalogue’s from the late 60’s to the present day.
  • You can follow the property sale on Twitter here.

Unrenovated photos:


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State of the Art Renovation


The six bedroom home blends period elegance and state of the art contemporary designer style.

  • Some $2 million has been spent on a full restoration of the six bedroom home on an elevated 950 sqm Ranfurlie Crescent parcel.
  • A wide reception hall under 14 foot ceilings opens to a formal sitting room with bay window and open fireplace and a formal dining room.
  • Vendor Marketing’s Craig Knudsen has assisted on the listing with the Marshall White agency.

Renovated photos:


  • Same rooms as above

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Unsurpassed Design and Luxury


A historic Dorrington Estate landmark, this magnificent solid brick c1913 Edwardian residence showcases an incomparable blend of exquisite period elegance and state of the art contemporary designer style within spectacular northwest oriented garden and pool surrounds.

Ranfurlie, 32 Ranfurlie Cres, Glen Iris VIC 3146, asking $4 million +
Ranfurlie, 32 Ranfurlie Cres, Glen Iris VIC 3146, asking $4 million +

Commanding an imposing elevated corner position, the impressive façade is more than matched by interior dimensions that feature 14ft ceilings, polished timber floors and gracious proportions throughout.

 

  • The wide reception hall introduces a glorious sitting room with bay window and open fireplace and an equally captivating formal dining room.
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  • Defined by inspired designer flair, the open plan living and dining room features an evocative exposed brick feature wall and a premium Siemens gourmet kitchen along with steam oven, induction cooktop and stone benches.
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  • The living flows out to a sensational northwest garden with picturesque heated pool and spa and an expansive roof-top entertaining deck with built in bar and seating.
  • A lavish main bedroom with open fireplace, designer en-suite and built in robe, two additional double bedrooms with built in robes and a stunning bathroom are downstairs.
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  • An oak staircase leads up to a 4th bedroom with stylish en-suite and walk in robe, 5th bedroom with built in robe, a retreat or 6th bedroom with walk in robe and opulent bathroom with freestanding bath.
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Only just completed, it also includes an alarm, heating and cooling, solar power, water tank, laundry and large double garage with ample storage.

  • Walking distance to Korowa Anglican Girls School, Sacre Coeur School, Caulfield Grammar, High Street tram & Glen Iris Train Station and Bus
    Interchange with easy access to the South Eastern Freeway from High Street.
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  • Land size: 949sqm approx.
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References


Niddrie, Wollstonecraft

Niddrie, 22 Milner Crescent, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065

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Niddrie, 22 Milner Crescent, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065, for sale over $8 million
Niddrie, 22 Milner Crescent, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065, for sale over $8 million

 

Niddrie relisted, with a catch


“Remember the Wollstonecraft Federation mansion Niddrie that sold earlier this year for $6.9 million?

  • Well, Lynette Barp, wife of property developer and former owner of Manly Pavilion restaurant John Codling, only took the keys in April and has already returned it to the market.
  • There’s a catch, of course. Instead of the 2100 square metres with swimming pool and tennis court that traded last time, you’ll only be able to buy the house on 692 square metres, leaving much of the surrounding land to become new homes down the track.[1]
The Wollstonecraft home of Sonia and Matthew Levins is up for grabs. Photo: Supplied
The Wollstonecraft home of Sonia and Matthew Levins is up for grabs. Photo: Supplied

Understated neutral colour scheme appeals to almost everyone:

  • Opposite home of former prime minister John Howard and wife Janette

Built in 1905, Niddrie WAS unquestionably one of Wollstonecraft’s most significant landholdings.

Land holding now only 15.24sqm x 45.4sqm
Land holding now only 15.24sqm x 45.4sqm

 

  • A grand, lovingly maintained two-storey residence which will appeal to connoisseurs of classic Federation architecture.
  • NO LONGER occupying a sprawling 2,076sqm block with beautifully manicured grounds encompassing a rare floodlit tennis court, pool and cabana/gym with bathroom. All excised, see map…
  • Has a series of decks, verandahs and pergola-shaded terraces, and expanses of lawn dotted with towering established trees, sculpted hedges, soothing water features and meandering sandstone pathways.
  • Five enormous upper-level bedrooms along with an office and a light-filled sunroom ideal as a children’s playroom.

From Domain: No risk in Wollstonecraft

‘Niddrie’ Significant 1905 Federation Landmark


WAS one of Wollstonecraft’s largest privately held holdings, Niddrie, is up for grabs again, given the downsizing plans of Sonia Levins, wife of Matthew Levins, who heads up risk consultancy Eirdin Consulting.

  • The 1905 built Niddrie has been owned by Matthew Levins, who heads up risk consultancy Eirdin Consultin, and wife Sonia.
  • The Levins are off to their $2.8 million three bedroom apartment in The Bay Residences in Double Bay.

This stylish Federation residence is across the road from the long-held home of former prime minister John Howard and his wife Janette.

  • FAKE NEWS ALARM – NOT Set on 2076 square metres, now only set on 692 square metres, leaving much of the surrounding land to become new homes down the track.
    The missing tennis court at Niddire, now available for building a new home next door
    The missing tennis court at Niddire, now available for building a new home next door
  • it was owned by the late distinguished barrister and pastoralist Frank McAlary from 1964 until 1974, who sold it in 1993 for $1.29 million.
  • Beautifully maintained, the grounds USED to include a tennis court, pool, cabana and a triple garage.
  • Martin Ross and Darren Curtis, of Christie’s International, are asking $8.5 million to $9.3 million.

Displaying all the hallmarks of its early 1900’s heritage, the majestic ‘Niddrie’ provides a bespoke haven of grandeur and elegance while providing further scope to craft your own signature finishes.

  • (Was placed on a huge block) with private near level rear lawns awash with northerly sunlight, it is perfectly located within 350m of Wollstonecraft Station and within a five minute stroll of Crows Nest’s cosmopolitan lifestyle hub.
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  • Recently refurbished with scope to revitalise or reconfigure
  • Soaring patterned ceilings, leadlight windows and timber floors
  • Grand lounge room warmed by a cosy ornate cast iron fireplace
  • Niddrie’s stately living spaces and manicured grounds make it a wonderful environment for entertaining on a grand scale

Contemporary looks are about keeping the colour scheme simple:

  • A neutral heritage colour palette is surprisingly versatile, offering a broad range of whites, creams and greys.
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  • Large living room, formal dining room opens to covered terrace
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  • Glass embraced family room with NE outlook over rear garden
  • Tidy gas kitchen with dishwasher and adjoining casual dining area
  • King-size bedrooms, main with ensuite, separate home office
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  • Two sunrooms with leafy northerly views to the St Leonards skyline
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  • Ultra-modern bathrooms with heated flooring, guest powder room
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  • Covered tessellated tiled terraces, elevated covered deck
  • Double carport, security alarm, elegant stucco rendered facade
  • Land area 15.24sqm x 45.4sqm

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  1. ^ LUCY MACKEN AUG 20, 2017

Amberley House, Goulburn

Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580

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A stunning Federation home on one of Goulburn’s best streets

‘Amberley House’, built in 1914, is a “rich and welcoming” four-bedroom home located at 10 Beppo Street Goulburn.

Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580
Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580

Amberley House has come on to the market for $725,000 and offers the appeal of heritage features coupled with stylish spacious living.

  • Built in 1914, the “rich and welcoming” four-bedroom home located at 10 Beppo Street is already attracting interest among potential buyers.
  • Listing agent Angella Storrier of Angella Storrier Real Estate said the property provides a rare opportunity for people looking to purchase an outstanding character home in a prime central location.
  • “The old heritage houses are one of our treasures – they’re not making any more of them,” Ms Storrier said, adding that Beppo Street is one of the best locations in Goulburn.
  • “It is very close to the CBD but has some beautifully-presented heritage homes of different sizes.”

 

Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580
Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580

Ms Storrier said that Amberley House has been beautiful maintained and offers lovely sunny aspects.

Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580
Amberley House, 10 Beppo Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580
  • “This home offers spacious rooms and stylish living on a superb 1,037 square metre flat block,” she said.

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  • “Magnificent period features include the very high ornate pressed metal ceilings, picture rails, fretwork, wide skirting boards, federation windows and tessellated tiles.”

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Beautifully maintained and lovely for the sun, this home offers spacious rooms and stylish living on a superb 1,037 sqm flat block.

  • Magnificent period features include the very high ornate pressed metal ceilings, picture rails, fretwork, wide skirting boards, federation windows and tessellated tiles.

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  • Four bedrooms, all with built ins, plus an en-suite. Formal lounge with fireplace, very spacious open plan family room, and a third living area upstairs. Modern kitchen with gas stove, dishwasher and a Butler’s pantry.

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  • Ducted heating plus cooling, split system upstairs, all fireplaces are in working order and there is fantastic storage throughout.

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A wide covered deck and a semi enclosed outdoor area with an outdoor kitchen provide for relaxed entertaining.

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Merildene, Chatswood

Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067

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“Merildene” – Grand Federation Home c 1903

  • Picturesque asymmetrical frontage
  • Ornamental brickwork
  • Corbelled chimneys
  • Elaborate leadlight windows

With three separate residences across two titles, occupying approximately 1800sqm of land, this property presents a rare residential and/or commercial opportunity.

  • Set amidst landscaped gardens, it is peaceful, private and desirably located adjacent to Beauchamp Park.
  • This will be one of the most significant Chatswood purchases of the year.
    Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067
    Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067
Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067
Merildene, 2 Rose Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067

Main residence:


  • Grand period features
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  • High ornate ceilings
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  • Leadlight windows, fireplaces
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  • 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms + WC
  • Formal and informal living
  • Private entrance, return veranda
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  • Eat-in gas kitchen, home office
  • Off-street parking for 6+ cars
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Property history


  • Sat 8 Jul 1905 – Occupied by C. Herbert Small, wife and new daughter
  • 1910– Home of C. Herbert Small and family
  • 18 June 1910 – Sale of prize stock of Wyandotte and Orpington hens and pullets
  • Wed 2 July 1910 – Auction of contents
  • Last Sold $1,260,000 in Sep 2004
  • Rent $1,200pw in Apr 2007
  • Sold $3,600,002 in Nov 2016

Buderim House, QLD

Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

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Heritage 1913 Buderim house listed

When the Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to Queensland as part of his 1934 Australian tour, he was a guest at Buderim House, a grand Queenslander set amid 6315 square metres of sub-tropical gardens and sweeping lawns.

  • “These sorts of homes aren’t being built today, the cost of them, with the labour content is just too prohibitive.”Lew Pottinger, Ray White Buderim

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The five-bedroom, four-bathroom Queenslander sits on 6,315 square metres of luxuriant sub-tropical gardens and sweeping lawns designed by award winning landscaped architects.

  • The property underwent an architecturally designed extension in 2003 and features built-in silky oak cabinetry, a games room with a custom-designed built-in bar and commercial wine fridge, an expansive wrap-around verandah and a resort-style pool and spa.
  • Last traded for $530,000 in 1997, the home maintains its heritage with Blackbutt timber floors, casement windows, limestone floors, French doors and Norfolk Island timber joinery milled from the property.

 

Heritage-listed Buderim property once host to British royalty hits the market

Domain – WENDY HUGHES AUG 8, 2017
Ray White Buderim agent Lew Pottinger said Buderim House, located at 10 Orme Road, was a rare find in a secluded location that was still only 10 minutes from the beach, conveniently placed to make the most of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.

Farmer Herbert Fielding had his majestic Queenslander built in 1915 on 16 hectares of the 49 his father had selected back in the 1870s.

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This landmark property’s colourful history began even before the house was completed – when Fielding received an offer he couldn’t resist from an interested buyer.
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  • Walter Oakes added a couple of conditions to the purchase —
  • he wanted a tower added to the top of the house and an elaborate “Buderim House” stained glass window in the front door.
Buderim House was brought back to life by its current owners. Photo: Ray White - 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD
Buderim House was brought back to life by its current owners. Photo: Ray White – 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

Both additions have stood the test of 102 years. Not that current owners Tim and Jackie Banks have need for the tower — they can see the ocean from their bedroom window: “There was a big ship parked off Mooloolaba yesterday,” Tim said.
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  • Fielding went on to build a very similar house nearby but he re-purchased Buderim House back in 1925 and continued to produce fruit, cattle and coffee on the land.
Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD
Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

The property is set on 6,315 square metres of land in one of Buderim’s highest points. Photo: Ray White Buderim

  • “There are coffee trees all through the yard,” Banks says. “I thought about harvesting some but… it’s a lot of work.
  • “As you come in the driveway there’s an orchard of Washington navels, mandarins and lemonade and a couple of mango trees.”
  • He said this season’s citrus had been the best in years. “We’ve been getting hundreds and hundreds.”

But the fertile land, the sub-tropical gardens and those views over the Maroochy coast are not even the biggest drawcards of this site — that crown must go to the majesty of the house itself. It is said to have hosted many a notable guest over the years, including the Duke of Gloucester.

The house is heritage listed but has been brought into the 21st century thanks to a beautiful renovation. Photo: Ray White Buderim
The house is heritage listed but has been brought into the 21st century thanks to a beautiful renovation. Photo: Ray White Buderim

The house was run down when the couple found it in 1996 but even after years of use as a function centre and tea house, with 14 unapproved toilets and a commercial kitchen whacked in downstairs, the heritage grandeur of the building was undeniable.

  • The couple got busy restoring the mountain-top beauty along with the addition of a pool, landscaped grounds and an in-character extension at the rear. Established trees were moved around the property as needed and rock walls were incorporated from stone found on the site.
  • The Banks have bought another local property, known as Rim House — “half the name and half the land of Buderim House” — and are putting their beloved home of the last 20 years under the hammer on September 16.

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Buderim House, located on a northern slope of Buderim Mountain, sits amongst established gardens which include a section of the original scrub, to the west of the building, which covered the mountain.

  • The building is a high set timber residence with corrugated iron roof and verandahs to three sides.
  • The corrugated iron roof has a central square belvedere and projecting gables with timber batten panels.
  • The verandah roofs are at a lesser pitch and the belvedere has a ribbed metal, hipped concave roof with finial, curved timber eave brackets and casement windows.

The building has timber stumps with a timber batten skirt below the verandahs. Underneath the building has been enclosed.

  • Entry is from the northern side via a twin stair to a landing and a single stair to the verandah, which is framed by an arched timber battened valance and brackets.
  • The verandah has battened timber balustrade and timber brackets, and single skin tongue and groove walls with french doors and fanlights. The recessed entry door has art nouveau leadlight fanlight, side lights and central panel with the name BUDERIM HOUSE depicted. The eastern dining room also has leadlight panels. The northeastern verandah has been screened for insects.

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History


Buderim House was built c1915 for Herbert Victor Fielding, son of pioneer Buderim sugar planter, mill owner and fruit grower John Fielding, who in 1876 selected nearly 49 hectares on the northern slopes of Buderim Mountain.


  • In the 1880s competition from imported sugar forced Buderim sugar planters into crop diversification, and by the late 1880s, Herbert Fielding was growing bananas on a large scale on the family property.
  • Following John Fielding’s death in 1890, the farm, by then reduced to about 40 hectares, passed to his wife Jane.
  • When Herbert Fielding acquired the property in 1906, it extended from Orme Road to Mill Road and across the present Gloucester Road to the creek.

He was a successful farmer, and in the early 1900s attended state-wide agricultural conferences as the representative of the Maroochy Pastoral Agricultural Horticultural and Industrial Association.

  • He is believed to have erected his first house on the property after his marriage in late 1904.
  • This house and part of the farm was sold c.1915, at which time he erected Buderim House on a 16 hectare section of the property, on the highest point of the northern slope of Mt Buderim, overlooking the Maroochy coast and river valley.
  • The architect was George Trotter of Corinda, and the contractor was Kangaroo Point builder Christian Schriver.
  • Prior to its completion, the house on about 11 hectares was sold in 1915 to Walter Frank Oakes, who insisted on the addition of a tower, flagpole and the inclusion of the name Buderim House in the leadlight panel in the front door, before the sale could be finalised. Oakes grew bananas on the property. Fielding meanwhile erected a third house on his remaining Gloucester Road farming land, from the same plan as Buderim House.

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  • Murphy, later an alderman in the Maroochy Shire Council, developed the present gardens around the house in the 1930s. He sold the house in 1954, and the land was subdivided further in 1967. The house now stands on about 0.6 hectares.

Close to the house a small section of vine scrub, known as Fielding’s Scrub, was left as a break against the westerly winds. It remains one of the few vestiges of the dense scrub which covered Buderim Mountain and hindered agricultural development of the area in the 1870s. The cocos palms [Cocos nucifera L.] in this scrub reputedly were seeded by Fielding.

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“Buderim House” showcases the very finest of Buderim living, embodying a colourful history, stunning views, magnificent gardens, and exceptional elegance and grace; whilst still functioning as a welcoming family home that seamlessly blends its character and tradition with the comforts of superior contemporary living.

  • Circa 1913, the home’s grandeur and savoir vivre still shines brightly; there is nothing comparable on the Sunshine Coast for pure old-world majesty and refinement, it truly stands alone. Heritage listed, it is the one of the areas most significant homes, with a commanding presence and timeless appeal.
  • Sale and photos

 


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Glendalough, North Adelaide

Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.

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Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.
Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.

Glendalough is considered one of the finest examples of Edwardian architecture in North Adelaide.

STATEMENT OF HERITAGE VALUE:


This house is an important example of the type of residences constructed in North Adelaide during the 1890s-1920s, and reflects the design, details and building materials commonly in use at that time. The significant number of stone and brick residences, like this house, constructed between 1890 and 1920 throughout this section of the city, are an important element of the distinctive historic residential character of North Adelaide.


Glendalough is a substantial freestone residence fully renovated to the highest of standards

Historical walking trail through North Adelaide Heritage, #5 on the corner is Glendalough House.
Historical walking trail through North Adelaide Heritage, #5 on the corner is Glendalough House.

 

  • Located in one of Adelaide’s most prestigious locations, this property provides the optimum lifestyle and is situated on an enviable corner allotment of 876 sqm approx.
  • A fixture on the prestigious suburb’s heritage walk, it was built in 1913 for businessman TC Craven at a cost of £1500.
    • TC Craven bought half an acre on the western part of Town Acre 809 and built two houses.
    • This property was built in 1913 by contractor GW Walsh for £1500 and the other house on Hill Street in 1917.
    • This Edwardian period residence displays a full range of typical design elements including a roof clad in Marseilles tiles, rock faced freestone walls with face red brick panels and window/door dressings, window hoods and tall brick chimneys capped with terra cotta chimney pots.
  • But when Theo Maras bought it in 1982, some people considered it an odd choice for a family home.
  • “I saw the house as an opportunity,” says Maras, a high-profile Adelaide property developer and investor.
  • “It had been divided into three units and I thought it was something for me to get my teeth into. I could restore the house in keeping with what was already there.”
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Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide and recalls business chats around the table

  • Keen on the central location but also the stunning jacarandas that were bursting with lavender blooms upon his first visit to Barnard Street, Maras bought the house and set to work on an extension that included a gym, sauna, spa and garage.
  • He insisted it should be in keeping with the original Edwardian architecture, which is characterised by its complex roof form, timber gable details, rock-faced freestone walls with red-brick panels and elaborate window and door dressings.
  • “When we bought the home, people in those days hadn’t really started to get stuck into houses or do them up the way they should be done up… [renovations] weren’t in keeping with the architecture, it just didn’t happen,” says Maras, who is chairman of the Heritage Foundation at the University of Adelaide and whose service to the community has earned him a Member of the Order of Australia.

 

Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide
Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide
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In a bid to preserve the integrity of Glendalough, he sourced original materials such as the imported Marseilles roof tiles and mirrored the original brick work on the extensions. Many visitors have been unable to tell the old from the new in the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home.

  • The landscaped 876sqm corner block sits in a tightly held suburb noted for its central location and long history. The residential area was laid out in 1836 as part of Colonel William Light’s plans for Adelaide, which saw the city centre and North Adelaide grids encircled by parklands.
  • Just up Barnard Street is the green oasis of Wellington Square; Adelaide Oval and the zoo, aquatic centre, golf course and CBD are all within easy access.
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Two years ago, Glendalough’s interiors underwent a nine-month renovation. Neutral colours were introduced to complement the original timber features, leadlight windows and doors of the elegant formal rooms at the front; a state-of the art new kitchen now graces the light-filled informal living and dining area at the rear.

  • “We didn’t want to leave but after 33 years it needed to be refurbished,” says Maras. “After it was done we fell back in love with it and if we weren’t in the house we’re in now we would have moved back. For me it was never a piece of real estate, it was a part of my soul.”
  • Surrounded by parklands, North Adelaide is a tightly held urban precinct with many fine examples of Victorian and Federation homes. Its median house value was $949,438 at the end of June 2017. The City of Adelaide local government area’s median house value was $734,475.
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References


 

Business legend sells North Adelaide house, Glendalough
Business legend sells North Adelaide house, Glendalough

Character Houses

The future of Australia’s Character Houses

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Table of Contents


Character Houses
Character Houses

Heritage and character buildings are valued by many city residents, and are an important component of defining neighbourhood identity and character.


“Our Brisbane housing stock from the 1910’s and 20’s represents a high point of Queensland vernacular architecture, and its cultural (and monetary) value will only increase as the years go by.” – House Histories


  • “From the 1930’s we have inherited a collection of very distinct styles – Spanish Californian, Functionalist, Art Deco, Old English etc.”
  • “All of these buildings are irreplaceable and add great character to our suburban landscape.”- House Histories
  • Neighbourhood character refers to the ‘look and feel of an area’, in particular a residential area. …- Wikipedia
  • In Victoria this neighbourhood character is protected by Neighbourhood Residential Zoning (see below)

Character Homes


A character home is defined as a home that:


Older Queenslander
Older Queenslander

eg for Brisbane, QLD,[3]
“Houses built in or before 1946 are to be retained, and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style.”

“New houses are to be designed to fit in with the character of the street.”

“In October of 1995, Council introduced a blanket layer of protection over suburbs where the majority of homes had been built before the end of World War II.” (DCP overlay)

    • “After World Expo 88, Brisbane boomed and land values increased. This extra protection was needed to stop the demolition of large numbers of older homes, many of which were on two blocks of land.”

For example, In Melbourne:

  • South-eastern councils including Boroondara, Bayside, Glen Eira and Whitehorse are avoiding development by locking up large swaths of their suburbs with a restrictive “neighbourhood” zone which bans medium-density housing. – The Age
    • eg. The implementation of these new Boroondara residential zones … offer the type of controls residents have been calling for over a long period, including mandatory building heights and, in most areas, stricter standards for the look and feel of an area.[4]
    • The protection of the established character of Boroondara’s residential areas is highly valued by the local community, (and) is the guiding principle that Council is seeking to achieve.

 


Saving Brisbane’s Character Homes


Queenslander
Queenslander
  1. “The most significant and stately of our older Brisbane homes, mostly Queenslanders, are heritage-listed.”
  2. “But not all Queenslanders are suitable for a place in the Heritage Register because they are just too numerous.”

“Many people think that Brisbane’s old-style timber homes with their shady verandahs and tin roofs, which line the hilly streets of inner suburbs like Paddington, are the essence of ‘Brisbane’.[5] (for example, the beauty and quirkiness of Brisbane and its people)

  • “You won’t see suburbs like this in Paris or Shanghai. You won’t even find them in Melbourne or Sydney.”
  • “Queensland is the only place in Australia where building homes from timber was a strong tradition, right up until World War II.”

“Character homes are an important component of neighbourhood identity and vibrancy and retaining them also helps meet greenest city goals.”

Protecting Character Homes? From THE AGE
Protecting Character Homes? From THE AGE

“From churches and worker’s cottages, Queenslanders and traditional corner stores, to Californian bungalows and pre-federation houses, Brisbane’s heritage and character buildings reflect the best of Australian architecture and the city’s local history.

  • In order to protect Brisbane’s past and maintain the architectural heritage and character of our city and suburbs, the Brisbane City Plan outlines requirements for appropriate development in Brisbane’s older suburbs, and for renovating, demolishing or removing some buildings.”
  • Demolition Control Precinct (DCP)’.
    You cannot demolish or remove a building built before 1947 in a Demolition Control Precinct without approval. There are also rules about renovating or building in a DCP.”

Secretary of the Beaumaris Conservation Society, Chris Sutton has been fighting local inappropriate development for years.
He is delighted his south-eastern suburb has been given the protection of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) and that battles at VCAT over future developments may be over.


*Original features of character homes


  • Character buildings can be defined by a number of criteria.[6]
  • Your home is most likely a character building if it was constructed before 1940 and has character features such as authentic or period…
    1. massing (grouping of windows, or of filigree timberwork),
    2. period roof form,
    3. period front porch,
    4. authentic exterior wall materials,
    5. authentic window openings, frames and details.
Character porch details
Character porch details

Character Merit Checklist


  • as used by City of Vancouver, Canada[7]
    • Original roof form
    • Original open front porch or verandah
    • Original (timber) cladding
    • Period windows (50% or more), original location, size and shape
    • Original window casings or trim (50% or more)
    • Period details or decorative elements (e.g. two or more brackets, beams, joist ends)
    • Other period features (e.g. porch, roof, foundation)
  • Not all pre-1940 homes have Character Merit
  • However it is estimated that 80% of pre-1940 homes retain sufficient features to be considered as having Character Merit.

Character Housing and the New Brisbane City Plan

To illustrate the application of the DCP codes, let’s look at some examples.

  • The two houses below are within the DCP but only the cottage to the right is protected, based on a pre-1946 construction date.
  • The house to the left, a typical post-war conventional, may be removed by the owner.
  • The Council refers mainly to the comprehensive set of 1946 aerial photos to identify buildings that existed as of that year.

 

Character Homes in Brisbane QLD
Character Homes in Brisbane QLD

 

  • However, pre-1946 houses within the DCP can be demolished or substantially modified under certain circumstances.

In the below pictures, the fabulous little 1800’s worker’s cottage to the left has been deemed structurally unsound and irreparable, and therefore approved for demolition.

  • A complete demolition by any reasonable definition but apparently still compliant with code.
Conserve or demolish?
Conserve or demolish?

New construction in DCPs is assessed under the Residential Character Code to ensure that designs are compatibile with the surrounding streetscape.

  • This was many months ago and the house still stands – thankfully, but its fate may be sealed.

The tragedy/travesty to the right is from Windsor, and illustrates a case where distinguishing features of the original building have been ordered to be preserved.

  • And there it is – a single gable facade, high in the air, waiting for a new box to be tucked to the back.
  • A complete demolition by any reasonable definition but apparently still compliant with code.

 


The Difference between Heritage and Character


Brisbane City defines four groups of Heritage and Character building types:

Brisbane Overlay maps

Overlay What is the intent? What are the rules?
1. Traditional building character overlay
(known as the Demolition control precinct in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
Maintain traditional character in streets where there are houses built in or before 1946. Examples are traditional timber and tin Queenslanders and 1920’s masonry art deco buildings. Houses built in or before 1946 are to be retained and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style.

New houses are to be designed to fit in with the character of the street.

2. Commercial character building overlay
(known as the Commercial character building area classification in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
Allow a range of compatible uses to take place in traditional corner shops. Commercial character buildings are to be retained and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style.

Compatible uses such as small shops, offices and services may be located in Commercial character buildings even when in zones where these uses would not otherwise be allowed, such as residential zones.

3. Pre-1911 building overlay Retain houses built before 1911. In some cases they may be relocated to another suitable location. Houses built before 1911 are to be retained and any extensions should not alter the original parts of the house.

Where a pre-1911 house is located in a zone that is not intended for houses, for example an Industrial zone or the High density residential zone, the house may be relocated to another house lot that is in the Traditional building character overlay.

4. Heritage overlay
(known as Heritage places in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
Protect specific buildings and places of heritage significance. Heritage places can be of local, state, national or world heritage significance. Heritage places are to be retained and restored to preserve their heritage value. Development on sites next to heritage places should not impact the values of the heritage place.
Reference Source

Why is pre-1940 or even pre-1946 a Criterion?


The Second World War (1939-1945) stopped most housing construction (by 1940) until military operations ceased, since all available resources were re-directed for the war effort.

Characater Arts and Crafts streetscape in Vancouver, Canada
Characater Arts and Crafts streetscape in Vancouver, Canada

In 1945-1946 the remaining members of the armed forces were demobilised and returned to their home towns.

  • Brisbane Council has aerial maps of Brisbane in 1946, so that explains why Brisbane’s date criterion is later than normal.

Refugees also flowed into the newer population centres such as Canada and Australia.

  • Western cities grew rapidly in the late 1940s and 1950s as a result of post-war immigration and the baby boom.
  • Housing contractors began to mass-produce houses
    eg in Brisbane, (the Dutch built housing at Coopers Plainsand the French built at Zillmere, both outer suburbs of Brisbane) to cater for the chronic Queensland housing shortage after WW2.

Character Homes are valuable


  • Scarcity of character houses will continue to increase their value, according to buyers’ agents (independent consultants acting for property purchasers).

Doing more with Character Homes


Capitalising on a Queensland Federation-style character home
Capitalising on a Queensland Federation-style character home

 

There are a lot of older properties in great locations packed with potential.

If you look at all these old beauties with fresh eyes, it’s amazing what opportunities you’ll really see.[8]
Capitalising on a character home doesn’t necessarily mean major costly renovations.

  • There are a number of things you can do to breathe new life into an older house without extensive remodelling.
  • You don’t need to be a master builder, or even a tradesman to make simple, quality changes.
  • With a sound structure and an eye for detail, you can turn a tired house into a fresh new home filled with character.
    Read more

A record 800 ‘historic’ houses being demolished every week in Australia

by Duncan Hughes May 5 2016 at 6:30 AM Australian Financial Review

Stately Federation home from Nelson Road, Lindfield
Stately Federation home from Nelson Road, Lindfield

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A record 800 heritage and “character” houses are falling under demolition hammers each week, destroying miles of unique streetscapes and slicing billions off their value.

  • The number of demolitions is almost one-third higher than previous estimates because it takes into account more suburbs in every capital, according to Phillip Almeida, director of Acquisitions Performance Advisory, which monitors national property markets. Read more:

 


A record 800 heritage and “character” houses are falling under demolition hammers each week, destroying miles of unique streetscapes and slicing billions off their value.


  • The number of demolitions is almost one-third higher than previous estimates because it takes into account more suburbs in every capital, according to Phillip Almeida, director of Acquisitions Performance Advisory, which monitors national property markets.
New homes and renovations in character areas must fit in with other homes in thestreet.
New homes and renovations in character areas must fit in with other homes in thestreet.

Original houses remaining in a streetscape transformed by a “McMansion” (a house or apartment considered to be ostentatious or lacking in architectural integrity) can lose between 10 and 25 per cent of their value from the loss of street appeal, say property specialists.

  • It could also be a short-sighted strategy for owner-developers because scarcity of character houses, which in many cases can be adapted to modern living requirements, will continue to increase their value, according to buyers’ agents (independent consultants acting for property purchasers).

A bewildering mix of local and state agencies, councils, government bodies, local planning instruments and environmental controls mean determined developers can drive a wide-shovelled bulldozer through preservation laws.

  • “Profit-driven developers and Asian buyers in search of ‘trophy’ homes are responsible for the rapid disappearance of these dwellings,” says Almeida.

Most Vulnerable Homes


Most vulnerable periods are Victorian, Edwardian, Queenslander, Californian bungalow, Spanish mission and art deco, says Almeida. Property styles include homes, terraces and smaller apartments with under 12 dwellings, he says.

  • He estimates the nation’s stock has shrunk by more than 2 per cent to about 8 per cent in the past 30 months, reflecting local and overseas demand for prime locations in popular Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane postcodes

Unique streetscapes


Melbourne and Sydney have unique urban streetscapes from the building booms of the late 19th century when they were transit points for the gold fields and among the world’s richest cities.

  • A lot of damage was done to their character during the 1960s thanks to misguided attempts at modernization, developer greed, lax councils and a failure by state and federal government to protect their heritage.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/a-record-800-historic-houses-being-demolished-every-week-20160502-goklne#ixzz4emvnLpA0


Council protection for city’s historic ‘character homes’

Tony Moore Brisbane Times, NOVEMBER 5 2011


More than 2400 pre-1900 Brisbane character homes that could have been demolished have been identified after a five-month aerial survey by Brisbane City Council.

  • Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that aerial survey work identified houses that could have been demolished.
  • From next Tuesday Brisbane City Council will start to apply temporary local plans to protect the first two (groups) of the properties.
A total 2475 pre-1900s Brisbane homes have so far been identified by Brisbane City Council as bieng worthy of protection ...
A total 2475 pre-1900s Brisbane homes have so far been identified by Brisbane City Council as bieng worthy of protection …
  • At Tuesday’s council meeting ‘‘temporary local planning instruments’’ will be put in place to guard homes in Baines Street, Kangaroo Point and in Manchester Terrace, Taringa.
  • To date, 2475 older Brisbane homes have been identified which have effectively slipped through the cracks of local planning controls.
  • Under the changes, any application to demolish the home must be assessed before the full council.
  • Read more

“Playing By The Rules”

Character Home protection in Brisbane, QLD:


“It’s difficult to get approval to demolish a home built before 1947, or even part of an older home, within a Demolition Control Permit overlay.

  • Generally, if you want to demolish all or part of a pre-1947 building in a DCP, you have to
    A character home at Roy St Ashgrove.
    A character home at Roy St Ashgrove.
    • submit a development application (including forms and fees),
    • provide a town planning report and
    • perhaps other reports from a structural engineer and an architect.

All of this takes time and money.

  • If a character house contributes to the look of the street, has not been substantially altered and is capable of repair, Council will probably say ‘no’ to your application.
  • You’ll also need approval to demolish any free standing buildings built prior to 1947 such as sheds and garages on the property, unless they are at the rear of your property.”[9]

QLD News:

More Brisbane character homes under threat

Tom Snowdon, The Courier-Mail October 28, 2016 1:00am

One of the homes at Real Ave, Norman Park
One of the homes at Real Ave, Norman Park

The city’s planning chief called on the State Government to make urgent changes to planning legislation that would hand council more enforcement powers while extending the notification period for approvals.
The call comes amid a bitter legal stoush that has been raging since 2010 between the council and the private certifier about the right to conduct building work on homes….

  • Outside court, the certifier refused to comment on whether he had plans to approve the demolition of other character homes.
  • He said the council was ignoring the earlier court rulings in pursuing his clients for lawful alterations to character properties.

Read more

Demolition or De-construction?
Demolition or De-construction?

 


Demolition by Deconstruction vs. Conventional Demolition


Conventional demolition involves rapidly knocking-down and removing a house using heavy equipment.

  • It usually takes a couple of days and produces tonnes of mixed demolition waste.
  • Mixed demolition waste generally ends up in the landfill because it is difficult to separate various materials for recycling.

Deconstruction means taking apart the house more carefully and systematically instead of knocking it down rapidly with heavy equipment.

  • By using deconstruction techniques, wood and other materials can be separated, sorted, and can be more easily reused and recycled – much like the way you separate your household waste for recycling.
  • Deconstruction requires a small increase in time and typically involves a crew with additional personnel.
  • Deconstruction techniques are one way to achieve the reuse and recycling requirements

Where are Australia’s Character Homes?

A Brisbane Character Home streetscape
A Brisbane Character Home streetscape

 

  1. Brisbane’s Character suburbs
  2. Sydney’s Character suburbs
  3. Canberra’s Character suburbs
  4. Melbourne’s Character suburbs
  5. Hobart’s Character suburbs
  6. Adelaide’s Character suburbs
  7. Perth’s Character suburbs

1. Brisbane’s Character Homes

Most of the typical 19th century houses around inner Brisbane date from the 1880s.

  • Examples of this period houses can be seen in Paddington, Red Hill, Highgate Hill and East Brisbane.

Porch-and-Gable, Multi-gable Bungalows

The interwar building boom saw the construction of the porch-and-gable and multi-gable bungalows that characterise much of Brisbane’s timber-and-tin housing, particularly in suburbs such as Ashgrove.

Art Nouveau & Californian bungalows

To a lesser extent, the 1920s and 1930s also gave rise to more derivative domestic architecture – Californian bungalows as well as Spanish Mission, Old English, Functionalist and Art Deco style houses and flats.

  • These houses were often constructed in masonry and there are examples in suburbs such as New Farm, Bardon, Spring Hill, Coorparoo & Chelmer.

Queensland Heritage House History


Evolution of the Queenslander housing styles
Evolution of the Queenslander housing styles

 

Workers Cottages / Dwellings

Queensland Government Workers’ Dwelling Scheme
Tens of thousands of workers’ homes were funded by the Corporation across the state, for a range of pre-approved designs and in accordance with strict eligibility criteria for for applicants.

  • The catalogue includes high-set bungalow and transverse gabled patterns and also introduces the multi-gable designs that came to predominate later in the decade.
  • In many ways the collection represents the golden age of timber architecture in Queensland with an incredible variety of ornate and often fairly spacious designs, a testament to the prosperous “roaring twenties” and the resources invested by contemporary society in humble workers’ houses.
  • The designs are found throughout our character neighbourhoods and inner suburbs.[10]

Federation period 1890s-1910s

  • 4. Bungalow-roofed house
  • 5. Asymmetrical bungalow-roofed house
  • 6. Queen Anne style house

Interwar period 1920s-1930s

  • 7. Porch-and-gable house
  • 8. Multi-gable house
  • 9. Californian Bungalow style house
  • 10. Spanish Mission style house
  • 11. Old English style house
Brisbane's Housing Types
Brisbane’s Housing Types

For the South-east suburbs of Coorparoo, Greenslopes, Camp Hill, Holland Park and Holland Park West.

  • Any development on such a site must protect the existing dwelling built in 1946 or before while allowing new one- or two-storey dwellings to be built in the character zone precinct.
  • Not proceeding with medium density proposals in some areas in Greenslopes and Holland Park, including Denman Street
  • Increasing the number of properties to be included in the character residential zone, particularly in Camp Hill and Greenslopes

My Brisbane suburb picks

Peter Switzer


My favourite suburbs where I think there are great buying opportunities available now for future capital growth.

Kelvin Gove

  • Kelvin Grove is just 4km north west of Brisbane CBD.
  • A central hub for university students, hospital staff and city workers, it’s home to the Queensland University of Technology campus with The Royal Brisbane Hospital just next door in Herston.
  • Due to its convenience, Kelvin Grove is gaining in popularity so demand for property is strengthening.
  • Most of the homes are renovated post-war workers’ cottages and Queenslander-style homes.
  • Many hip young buyers are particularly attracted to Kelvin Grove’s urban village, with its trendy apartments, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes.

Bulimba

  • Bulimba is one of Brisbane’s most prosperous leafy riverside suburbs.
  • It’s highly desirable among family buyers due to its close proximity to well-known schools and its beautiful local parks including Bulimba Memorial Park and Vic Lucas Park.
  • It’s also known for its thriving Oxford Street precinct with many cafés, restaurants and a cinema complex.
  • Bulimba has undergone a significant transformation since the 1990s with many of its residents choosing to buy and renovate. This has had a very positive impact as the suburb continues to experience high demand.

Hamilton

  • Hamilton is without doubt one of Brisbane’s most prestigious suburbs, catering for owner-occupiers and investors alike with its admired views of the Brisbane River.
  • It is located approximately 6km from Brisbane CBD and is within walking distance of landmarks including the Eagle Farm Racecourse and Breakfast Creek Wharf.
  • Hamilton has experienced strong growth in median house prices over the past five years, however, the median house price does not reflect the diversity of properties and prices points available within the suburb.

New Farm

  • New Farm has seen an influx of professionals and trendsetters who have transformed the area into one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs.
  • Despite its increasing popularity with young singles and couples, there is still a wide variety of houses available, ranging from historical workers’ cottages and colonials through to art deco blocks of flats and modern contemporary homes and apartments.

2. Where to find Sydney’s affordable character homes


 

 

A "classic Federation" home
A “classic Federation” home

These days, it can be hard to find a character home in Sydney for less than $1 million that’s not falling down.
If you add the term “partially renovated”, the task gets even harder.[11]

  • For those on a budget, classic period pockets such as Mosman, Haberfield, Strathfield and Queens Park are out of the question.
  • But all is not lost for those looking to capture a piece of Sydney’s rich architectural history.

A surprising number of suburbs have little-known gems that successfully combine original features, modern conveniences and an affordable price tag.

154 old canterbury road summer hill nsw 2130
154 old canterbury road summer hill nsw 2130

 

Arncliffe


Off the Princes Highway, about eight kilometres south of the city, Arncliffe is richFederation country.

  • First subdivided in the early 1800s, the area was dominated by farmers’ markets, tradespeople and pioneers.
  • Many of the homes have been saved, restored or renovated and while it may be too far south for some or too close to the airport for others, this area takes pride in its period homes.
  • Rockdale City Council has completed a heritage study of the area to identify buildings and houses that are worth preserving and has taken an active stance on heritage listings and how they can benefit owners.

McGrath agent Nigel McAllister (0413 001 121) says “I just don’t think Arncliffe has reached its full potential yet, It will get there one day, but you can still buy some affordable character homes.”[12]

  • McAllister says a high percentage of homes have often been changed inside, with original features such as fireplaces taken out.
  • However, he says there’s an overwhelming desire from buyers to find something with character as well as potential to have a modern liveable home. See also Bexley and Banksia
    • View houses to buy in Arncliffe and surrounds.

Canterbury


Budget-conscious buyers with an appetite for detailed facades, marble fireplaces and ornate ceilings should consider Canterbury.

36 Howard Street, Canterbury, NSW 2193
36 Howard Street, Canterbury, NSW 2193

 

  • While the suburb is not considered as hip as some areas, LJ Hooker Marrickville agent Jonathan Ford (0416 226 760) says it’s a forgotten gem.
    • A two-bedroom Federation freestanding house renovated in the past few years, still has original features such as high ceilings and timber floors on a 500 sq m block.
  • “There’s a steady supply and people are looking at it as a sleeping suburb … I think in three to five years it will get a good following,” Ford says.
  • “There’s a good public school here, it’s a quiet pocket, there’s a 10-minute walk to the station, there’s a lot of good things going for it.
  • It’s a question of affordability without compromising on location. Families and couples can get a nice-sized block and grow into the home. They don’t have to shift – they can extend and grow into it.”

Hurlstone Park


  • In nearby Hurlstone Park, a renovated two-bedroom 1910 Federation semi, was expected to go to auction on November 17 (2007) through Harris Tripp First National.
  • A Duntroon Street home, on 266 sq m is one example of affordable character homes available in the area.
    • Close to Marrickville Golf Course and the Cooks River, its original features include formal living areas, ornate ceilings and fireplaces. A new kitchen, bathroom and rear entertainment deck have been added.
    • See also Marrickville

Ashfield


Away from the bustle of Ashfield’s main street – with its dumpling restaurants, fruit and vegetable barns and other Asian delicacies – are myriad eye-catching period homes.

  • While less than 30 per cent of the properties are houses, it is possible to find a two- or three-bedroom Federation house or semi, renovated.

Harris Tripp First National principal Virginia Nicoll says Ashfield, particularly on the Summer Hill side, has many quality period homes.

  • Buyers are looking for their first home and Nicoll says most are professional young couples with no kids.
  • “There’s good value in Ashfield – it’s a bit cheaper than Summer Hill and you get more for your money, bigger blocks, bigger homes,” she says.
  • “You get a lot of people coming here upgrading from units or rental properties in Summer Hill and Marrickville. A lot of them still want original features, the classical features and you pay for that.
  • “The majority, however, want a blend of both worlds.
  • Buyers want absolutely original features like ornate ceilings but want the comforts of today’s homes with a modern bathroom and kitchen.”
  • See also Summer Hill and Lewisham
    • View houses to buy in Ashfield and surrounds.

Annandale


There’s a village atmosphere, wide, tree-lined streets and a short hop to the city.

44 Alfred Street, Annandale, NSW 2038
44 Alfred Street, Annandale, NSW 2038

 

  • It’s little wonder that Annandale is a sought-after suburb for buyers of all ages.
  • But if you thought it was out of reach, think again. For every home that sells for $1 million-plus there’s something on the market for less.

Last week, Ray White Annandale agent Rob Clarke sold a freestanding two-bedroom house on 106 sq m,

  • The Victorian home was fully renovated and attracted five registered bidders.
  • You can get a small home in Annandale that was once a worker’s cottage, single level on a small block,” Clarke says.
  • “A lot of young buyers are coming in and doing a nice renovation on them. They’re freestanding or a semi, usually without parking and with two bedrooms, but it’s a good entry level in the market.”
  • See also Leichhardt
    • View houses to buy in Annandale and surrounds.

Eastwood


The entry price for a period home in Sydney’s northern suburbs is rarely low.
In addition, they rarely come on the market because people buy them for life.

  • A four-bedroom renovated Federation home sold at auction in Stewart Street, Eastwood.
  • Jackson says the home was on a relatively small block (553 sq m), but it was beautifully presented and had ornate ceilings and intricate fretwork.

“Australian buyers love character homes because they are so hard to find in such good condition,” he says. However he sold a renovated three-bedroom period home, on 900 sq m, at 50 Carlingford Road, Epping.

In Epping, it’s hard to find something affordable.


Character homes are often in the best locations close to schools, shops and transport, and those with their original, features command the strongest prices.

  • Epping, Eastwood and Denistone have been undervalued for a long time,” Vaughan says.
  • “People are starting to work out that not much more than half an hour out of the city they can get great property at an affordable price.”
  • See also EPPING, CARLINGFORD and BEECROFT
    • View houses to buy in Eastwood and surrounds.

3. Canberra’s Character suburbs


 

Heritage-listed character homes charm buyers

 

  • Sep 27, 2014

Character homes, some of them ripe for renovation, have buyers queueing up, writes Rachel Packham.[13]


There’s something about classic homes that has Canberrans lining up for heritage-listed properties.

18 Bungonia Street Narrabundah ACT
18 Bungonia Street Narrabundah ACT

 

  • It’s a distinctive character that makes these homes stand out from their modern counterparts and a certain charm that attracts buyers through their doors.
  • “We find there is very strong demand for beautiful character-filled homes in the heritage areas,” Peter Blackshaw Manuka agent Louise Harget says. “This is in part because they tend to be super close to the heart of the city and partly because they just have that gorgeous feel.”

Canberra’s Garden City heritage precincts are in Forrest, Griffith and Barton in Canberra’s south and Reid, Ainslie andBraddon in the inner north.

  • “These areas are so special because they have been protected and retain the uniformed idea that Burley Griffin sparked with gardens flowing into the street,” Harget says. “The gardens in these areas, particularly at this time of the year, are also just so beautiful. Big blocks and stunning street trees add to this.”

The architecture of the homes reflects Walter Burley Griffin’s original vision for Canberra. The properties that were built to house Canberra’s first residents incorporate a mix of international architectural styles, large backyards and are usually set on a single storey – qualities that are a major drawcard for many buyers.


  • “It’s got a bit of a cult following …There’s people who want nothing more than a nice heritage cottage.
    Nic Salter-Harding

Ainslie is one of Salter-Harding’s areas of specialty.

  • It’s one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs and many of its original facades conceal a modern, luxurious interior.
  • The suburb is home to heritage-listed areas including Corroboree Park and Wakefield Gardens and restrictions guide all renovation projects in these precincts.
  • “In a nutshell, you have to keep the facade and the streetscape of the home and you have to keep with the spirit of the area,” Salter-Harding says.
    Deakin ACT: home's character
    Deakin ACT: home’s character

Architect Terry Ring of Architects Ring and Associates has worked on a number of remarkable heritage transformations in suburbs such as Griffith and Forrest.

  • “These older homes do have something,” he says.
  • “[Heritage transformations] are a matter of trying to get natural light back into the house and create a liveable home for 2014 while keeping the essence of the original home.”

Ring says the open-plan, sun-drenched spaces popular in modern builds weren’t considered in the 1920s, so renovations incorporate these features in the rear of the home.

  • “The heritage rules are quite strict and some people don’t want to go through that,” Ring says.
  • However the end result of these projects are worth the time and effort as they retain the home’s original character with all the features necessary for a comfortable, modern lifestyle.
  • “You can’t replicate original charm,” Harget says. “The heritage-significant properties can be fantastic renovation projects, respecting the facades yet upgrading internally to suit modern life.
  • They tend to be jam-packed with features such as high ceilings, fireplaces and picture rails.”

The buyers of heritage-listed properties are varied but Salter-Harding says these older properties, particularly the smaller cottages in the inner north, are attracting a growing younger market.

  • “[Young couples] comprise a lot of the people looking for this kind of thing. With a double income and no children the space suits them at this point in their lives and it’s a great way to get into the area and extend and renovate,” he says.[14]

Heritage hot spots in the ACT


 

Braddon

  • Braddon is one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs and construction began in 1921.
  • It was originally home to lower-income public servants and workers responsible for building the civic centre.

Ainslie

  • Construction of Ainslie’s Corroboree Park and Wakefield Gardens housing precincts began in 1925.
  • The precincts initially housed tradesmen involved in the construction of the city’s early commercial and residential areas.

Reid

  • Reid includes the heritage-listed St John the Baptist Church, consecrated in 1845. However, most of the suburb was constructed in 1926 and 1927.
  • The Reid Housing Precinct includes many examples of noted architect Kenneth H Oliphant’s work.
    Nadine and Antolin's classic Canberra home
    Nadine and Antolin’s classic Canberra home

Griffith

  • Construction of Griffith’s heritage-listed Blandfordia 5 Housing Precinct began in 1926.
  • Many of Canberra’s inner suburbs were constructed around this time to provide public-servant housing before the opening of Old Parliament House in 1927.

Barton

  • The Barton Housing Precinct includes many facets integral to Walter Burley Griffin’s original plan for Canberra including Telopea Park with residential areas on either side.

Forrest

 

  • Heritage-listed areas dominate the suburb of Forrest.
  • These areas include the Forrest Housing Precinct and the Blandfordia 4 Housing Precinct which exemplify Burley Griffin’s garden city vision.

 


 

4. Melbourne Character zones


The small Melbourne houses surging in value


Sep 3, 2016 Chris Tolhurst

Small period homes are surging in value across inner Melbourne.
Small period homes are surging in value across inner Melbourne.

Small period homes are surging in value across inner Melbourne, according to new data compiled by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.

Single-fronted and smaller double-fronted Victorian and Edwardian houses within 10 kilometres of the CBD have been selling for as much as $10,000 per square metre in the past three months as buyers focus on small, character homes in good locations.

The most sought after area for these smaller houses has been in Melbourne’s north and inner west, where many buyers look for value.

Smaller houses in Melbourne's north and inner west.
Smaller houses in Melbourne’s north and inner west.

Photos: Jellis Craig.
Northcote has seen a $200,000 rise in the past three months (from June 1 to August 20) compared to the same period last year, according to the REIV.

This growth, of close to 30 per cent, is just ahead of Footscray which has seen a $253,000 increase (25 per cent ahead of the same period last year).

REIV chief executive Geoff White said that with development growth in the inner suburbs, there were fewer character homes than there were in the past.

“Yet they seem to be just as popular as ever before – with the demand, and lower supply, leading to prices close to or above $1 million for these smaller homes,” he said.

Suburb Jun-Aug 2016 median Jun-Aug 2016 median Change
Northcote $1,097,500 $847,500 29%
Footscray $757,500 $604,500 25%
Williamstown $920,000 $807,500 14%
Richmond $1,027,500 $980,000 5%
Ascot Vale $843,000 $805,000 5%
Moonee Ponds $857,500 $823,000 4%
Preston $770,000 $745,000 3%

 


Neighbourhood Residential Zoning


Many councils have asked to have at least three-quarters of their suburbs allocated to the NRZ, which limits development to single dwelling and dual occupancies, and has a mandatory height limit of eight metres, or two storeys.

Map Figure 4.8 Median house price (June 2012) by suburb, within the City of Melbourne
Map Figure 4.8 Median house price (June 2012) by suburb, within the City of Melbourne

Boroondara, which includes the leafy inner-eastern suburbs of

  • Kew, Camberwell, Balwyn and Glen Iris, has allocated 80 per cent of its suburban area to the NRZ.
  • Glen Eira has allocated 78 per cent, while Moonee Valley and Kingston have set aside over 75 per cent.
  • Boroondara has also curbed even dual-occupancy developments from its suburb by stipulating a minimum land size of 400 square metres for development.
  • Lots will thus need to be a minimum 800 square metres or more in order to be subdivided.

Hansen says the initial idea of the plan was to unlock the middle-ring suburbs, which include not just the heritage-rich suburbs but also those such as

  • Box Hill, Oakleigh, Reservoir and Sunshine.
  • ”There’s a lot of housing in those older middle suburbs coming to the end of its life, ripe and ready for suburban renewal, and job and infrastructure rich, and they are effectively closing [that] off to densification.”

The inner and middle suburbs are those most likely to be developed by smaller family operations, often subdividing their own suburban blocks into townhouse or unit developments, Andrew Spencer, a planner with SGS Economics and Consulting points out.

  • He says 45 per cent of new dwellings are carried out by these ”cottage construction” developers who turn around properties relatively quickly and cheaply.[15]

The NRZ in Bayside restricts development to two per lot, with a mandatory height limit of two storeys.

  • Mr Sutton would also like to see minimum lot sizes restricted to 400 square metres, as well as supporting controls to ensure future dual occupancy development respects neighbourhood character. ”But it’s a start, and the zones will evolve over time.”
  • His local council will be hoping this resident satisfaction is replicated across much of the electorate: the City of Bayside has requested 83 per cent of its suburbs be allocated to the highest protection NRZ, and is waiting to hear if the Planning Minister has approved.
  • The council has been working for years on a housing policy that would ensure that development would not ”destroy” the neighbourhood character of this historic area of Melbourne.

Chris Sutton, of Beaumaris, is pleased with how the suburb is being protected.

  • ”We believe that the distinctive neighbourhoods of Bayside are worth protecting, not just for the people who live there but for all Melburnians,” says Bayside mayor Laurence Evans.[16]

My Melbourne suburb picks


  • Monique Sasson, founder of independent property investment firm, Wakelin Property Advisory said suburbs and regions close to the CBD in Victoria could be good for investment.

Her tips for buying in Victoria are:

Elwood

  • A Melbourne bayside suburb with easy access to the CBD that is especially good for older style apartments and single fronted cottages.

North Melbourne

  • An undervalued city-adjacent suburb that has retained a number of very consistent streetscapes of Victorian and Edwardian houses. contemporary home at 67 Melrose St, North Melbourne is priced between $680,000 and $720Source:Supplied
SET on 470sq m this home at 277 Bellerine St, Geelong will go to auction. Picture: reales
SET on 470sq m this home at 277 Bellerine St, Geelong will go to auction. Picture: reales

Brunswick

  • A cool, eclectic inner northern Melbourne suburb. Look for two-bedroom cottages and one or two-bedroom older-style apartments on quiet streets that are predominantly residential. three-bedroom sky terrace at 704/1 Lygon St, Brunswick Victoria.

Thornbury

  • Just seven kilometres northeast of the Melbourne CBD, Thornbury has good transport links to the city, a vibrant cafe scene and easy access to many parks.
  • Once again, good investment opportunity for older style two-bedroom houses and older-style one and two-bedroom apartments. [17]

5. Hobart’s Character Suburbs


Character Homes Hold Appeal In Hobart

18 Franklin Street, West Hobart, Tas 7000
18 Franklin Street, West Hobart, Tas 7000

Property owners in the south are tending to upgrade to areas where larger or character homes are available.

  • Among the more popular locations that offer these types of properties are the inner-city suburbs of North Hobart, West Hobart, Sandy Bay, Hobart and Battery Point.
  • Across these suburbs, older character homes and modern 4-bedroom homes are currently priced from $550,000 through to $2 million.
  • For upgraders seeking acreage properties in the Greater Hobart area, popular locations worth a look include Acton Park,Cambridge, Richmond, Lesley Vale, Grove and Neika.

Launceston – Outer Suburbs May Hold Appeal


  • For upgraders considering Launceston, popular locations include Prospect, Legana and Newnham. These suburbs are further out from the city centre but they provide a good range of facilities and services; and 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes are priced from around $350,000 to $450,000.
  • By contrast, the same sort of homes in Launceston’s well-established suburbs of East, West and South Launceston typically range in price from $270,000 to $1.1 million.
  • Among upgraders seeking acreage properties in Launceston, the suburb of Relbia is a desirable location where established homes can be purchased from $625,000. Prestige homes are typically priced closer to $1 million.

Hobart Suburb Guide


Sandy Bay

  • Sandy Bay is widely regarded as one of Hobart’s most prestigious residential areas, boasting private schools and the University of Tasmania as well as an assortment of boutiques and cafés. The tree-lined streets of SandyBay course past both modern and heritage homes, all the way to its quiet beachfront.

Battery Point

  • Battery Point drips with historic charm. The renovated workman’s cottages and narrow streets and lanes of this former port and maritime village manage to hold its heritage character while also playing host to boutique stores, restaurants and café’s, as well as some of Hobart’s most luxurious modern homes.

Hobart City

 Elboden St, South Hobart
Elboden St, South Hobart

 

  • Hobart City is a dynamic waterfront area where the past and the contemporary ebb and flow with casual perfection. Here sandstone buildings house plasma televisions. Steep hills meet the beautiful Derwent river. Museums adjoin café’s. An historic port welcomes the cutting-edge fleet of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Fishing boats moor behind fine seafood restaurants. Hobart, Australia’s second oldest capital, offers all the services and sights of city living minus the anxiety.

South Hobart

  • South Hobart runs from the CBD down to the historic Cascade Brewery. Beautiful period homes adjoining lush parks help make South Hobart one of the city’s most elegant suburbs. It’s an attractive area that can cater for various needs and budgets. South Hobart features easy CBD access and facilities like St JohnsCalvaryPrivateHospital.

North Hobart

  • North Hobart is where Hobart happens. This vibrant suburb is home to a restaurant and café strip that houses over twenty of Tasmania’s coolest places to snack, dine, drink and dance. Sprinkled with art galleries, North Hobart is a tasty location for those who enjoy the good life.

West Hobart

West Hobart
West Hobart

 

  • West Hobart has it all – city and river views, period homes, modern townhouses and easy access to the CBD. Yet despite its attractive features, West Hobart maintains affordable prices. Residents can stroll down to the North Hobart restaurant precinct or in to the CBD for shopping and entertainment.

Mt Stuart

  • Mt Stuart looks down on the harbour and hills of Hobart. Located 3km from the CBD, Mt Stuart offers a rare mix of convenience, quiet and spectacular vistas. So if horizon is what you’re after, take a look at MountStewart.

New Town

  • New Town is a popular inner-city residential suburb featuring many Federation period homes as well as two single-sex schools, a Catholic school and a primary school. This genteel suburb lies 4km north of the CBD. A shopping centre provides New Town residents with grocery, department and specialty stores. Despite its name, New Town is one of Hobart’s oldest areas, but as with most of the prestigious regions of Hobart, the classic homes are mixed with the new.

Dynnyrne

  • Dynnyrne enjoys stunning views of the DerwentRiver. This suburb shares many characteristics with its prestigious tree-lined neighbour, SandyBay – beaches, luxury homes, a sailing club, a university campus, and close proximity to the CBD. Dynnyrne is A-list Tasmania.
54 Clare Street, New Town TAS
54 Clare Street, New Town TAS

Taroona

  • Taroona is an Aboriginal word meaning “Seashell”. The seaside suburb adjoins SandyBay to the south, and is bordered by the Truganini Reserve – an area criss-crossed by walking tracks leading an historic hill-top shot tower. Taroona is privy to panoramic views of the Derwent Estuary and is serviced by Taroona Primary and TaroonaHigh school.

Mount Nelson

  • Mount Nelson sits above picturesque SandyBay and The University of Tasmania. This esteemed residential suburb, affectionately known as “The Mountain”, provides panoramic views of the Derwent estuary and surrounding bushland. With the CBD just down the hill, MountNelson is perfect for those looking for a quiet area with a contemplative outlook as well as easy access to schools and facilities.

Tolmans Hill

  • Tolmans Hill features prominently on the skyline of Hobart. This new residential development is bordered by native bushland and offers good views of the river and Hobart area as well as direct access to the university, CBD and various schools.

Glebe

  • Glebe, one of Hobart’s smaller suburbs, lies adjacent to the city in the same area as the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. As such, Glebe is an intimate suburb boasting a green aspect and easy CBD access.

6. Adelaide’s Character Suburbs and examples:


Charming character homes on the market

APRIL 26, 201310:52AM

Glenelg North - Eleanor Miller & Kasia Ozog, The Messenger
Glenelg North – Eleanor Miller & Kasia Ozog, The Messenger

 


THE stuff of picture books, chocolate boxes and movies, character homes are full of family charm – and Adelaide has plenty of them.


  • The leafy eastern suburbs are particularly known for their character offerings but, if you love heritage style, there are plenty to choose from all around town and at very different price points if you know where to look.
  • Messenger Property Writers KASIA OZOG and ELEANOR MILLER sourced these charming homes on the market, ranging from a refurbished cottage in Gawler to a villa in Dulwich with perfect presentation.

NORTH


Gawler East
Gawler East

Gawler East, 32 Lyndoch Rd

  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 cars
  • Agent: Peter Souter of Ray White Gawler on 0404 046 710
  • Built circa 1918, this home has a landscaped yard with rose bushes, leafy trees and red brick edging.
  • Features include high ceilings, a wide hallway, polished timber flooors, a hall archway and modern kitchen. The house is set on a 1430sq m block.
Gawler South
Gawler South

Gawler South, 18 Twelfth St

  • 3 beds, 1 bath
  • Agent: Brendan Howard of LJ Hooker – Gawler on 0416 054 731
  • Recently refurbished, this bullnose veranda property is set on an 188sq m corner allotment.
  • It has high ceilings, ornate cornices and ceiling roses as well as a wood stove (plus electric oven) and floating timber floors. The established gardens include fruit trees.
Salisbury Source:adelaidenow
Salisbury Source:adelaidenow

Salisbury, 158 Salisbury Highway

  • No price listed
  • 3 beds, 1 baths
  • Agent: Mike Lao of Ray White – Elizabeth on 0410 390 250
  • Sitting on 1827sq m, this 1915-built homestead is in the heart of Salisbury. It is made of brick and stone and is in need of some restoration and repairs.
Cockatoo Valley Source:adelaidenow
Cockatoo Valley Source:adelaidenow

Sandy Creek, 250 Pimpala Rd
4 beds, 2 baths, 4 cars
Agent: Darren Pratt of LJ Hooker – Gawler on 0428 881 406
Set on 4.86ha, on the top of a hill overlooking tree tops, this 1895 return-veranda villa has been well maintained and has 360 degree views.
Features include polished timber floors, high ceilings, a timber kitchen and horse stables.


SOUTH


Flagstaff Hill
Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill, 15 Glendale Ave
4bed 2bath 4car
Agent: Scott Torney, of Harcourts Aberfoyle Park, on 0416 005 531
This property features a generous floorplan of more than 400sq m of living space comprising four bedrooms and a traditional den or home office.

McLaren Vale Source:adelaidenow
McLaren Vale Source:adelaidenow

McLaren Vale, 187 Tatachilla Rd

  • 3bed 1bath 6car
  • Agent: Mike Cross, of Southgate Real Estate McLaren Vale, on 0438 323 933
  • Sitting on 1.477ha of land is this original and historic bungalow built circa 1932 has all the character of yesteryear including ornate ceilings, polished floorboards and a cellar.
Old Noarlunga Source:adelaidenow
Old Noarlunga Source:adelaidenow

Old Noarlunga, 4 Patapinda Rd
3bed 1bath 1car
Agent: Ainsley Cahoon, of Timms Real Estate – Christies Beach/ Somerton Park, on 0404 798 658
A character home built circa 1900 with ambience and warmth created by the current owners, who have lovingly renovated it throughout.

Willunga Source:adelaidenow
Willunga Source:adelaidenow

Willunga, Lot 7 Coombe Rd

  • 6bed 2bath 2car
  • Agent: Jurgen Ollwitz, of Ollwitz & Partners Real Estate Willunga, on 0408 083 107
  • A solid stone two-storey house with wide verandas, high ceilings and use of solid timber doors and fittings to further enhance the character.

EAST


Dulwich  Source:adelaidenow
Dulwich Source:adelaidenow

Dulwich, 14 Albert St

  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 4 cars
  • Agent: Stephanie Williams of Harcourts – Brock Williams on 0413 874 888
  • A Queen Ann return sandstone villa, this home was built circa 1900 and is ready to move into and enjoy. It has both formal and casual living areas, high ceilings, and pretty gardens.
Kensington Gardens Source:adelaidenow
Kensington Gardens Source:adelaidenow

Kensington Gardens, 20 South Tce

  • No price listed
  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 cars
  • Agent: Richard Thwaites of LJ Hooker – Kensington on 0418 820 545
  • Set opposite Kensington Gardens Reserve, this home has 10 main rooms and 2000sq m of private gardens, all on a corner location.
  • It has a modern kitchen and family room overlooking a pool and pergola.
St Peters Source:adelaidenow
St Peters Source:adelaidenow

St Peters, 80 First Ave

  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 1 cars
  • Agents: Judy Morris and Penny Riggs of Klemich Real Estate on 0418 816 901 or 0439 669 965
  • This renovated villa of eight main rooms has front and rear access.
  • Features include a bay window sitting room, high ceilings, polished floors, open fireplaces, hallway arch, leadlight glass, picture rails and a cellar.
Millswood Source:adelaidenow
Millswood Source:adelaidenow

Millswood, 8 Arundel Ave

  • 4 beds, 2 baths, 4 cars
  • Agent: David Cocks of Cocks Auld Real Estate on 0418 812 181
  • Superbly renovated, this 1920’s sandstone family home is on 975sqm (approx) with fabulous north facing extensions, a separate studio and pool

WEST


Glandore Source:adelaidenow
Glandore Source:adelaidenow

Glandore, 23 Churchill Ave
4bed 2bath 2car
Agent: Craig Smith, of Gary J Smith We’re Home Plympton, on 0417 979 694
This character home blends tastefully renovated art deco and a modern extension that matches the architectural style of the original home.

Glenelg East Source:adelaidenow
Glenelg East Source:adelaidenow

Glenelg East, 101 Augusta St

  • 3bed 3bath 2car
  • Agent: Richard Wedding, of Harcourts Glenelg, on 0418 351 007
  • Something a little bit different, this two-storey character bungalow has all the character and charm of yesteryear with the added benefits of a modern upstairs extension.
Thebarton Source:adelaidenow
Thebarton Source:adelaidenow

Thebarton, 44 Kintore St
3bed 1bath 8car

  • Agent: Peter Kiritsis, of Ray White Woodville, on 0411 501 520
  • This character bungalow has been restored and updated throughout and has a large garage/workshop.
Glenelg North Source:adelaidenow
Glenelg North Source:adelaidenow

Glenelg North, 60 MacFarlane St

  • 3bed 2bath 2car
  • Agent: John Christo, of LJ Hooker Glenelg, on 0417 800 018
  • The perfect combination of a character bungalow (built circa 1925 with modern touches) and the location.
  • This property offers a beachside lifestyle

7. Heritage homes back in demand for Perth homebuyers

 


CHARACTER homes are continuing to demand big premiums from Perth buyers, despite a slowdown in the rest of the market.

  • Perth. 16-room Federation, two-storey home. > Sold: January 2015. $2.25m
    Perth. 16-room Federation, two-storey home. > Sold: January 2015. $2.25m

    From 1900s Victorian brick homes to classic weatherboard cottages, heritage homes are transfixing Perth buyers.

  • While the average house sits on the market for 77 days — the longest in the country — houses with quality character features are continuing to outperform, estate agents say.

Brookwood’s Patrick Harper said while he had seen a cooling in the wider premium market, unique character homes were in demand.

  • “I’m often surprised by the range of buyers a character home will attract. Both young families and older couples will be interested and you can’t necessarily pick the typical buyer,” Mr Harper said.

“Quality brick or stone homes from the 1900s always get particularly strong interest.

  • And homes that are in good condition and have been renovated tend to attract a premium.
  • However, there are also those that are a bit more knowledgeable who want to pay less for something they can renovate themselves.”
North Perth. Renovated three-bedroom 1920s home
North Perth. Renovated three-bedroom 1920s home

 


Heron Todd White director Brendon Ptolomey said it was an “unusual quirk” of the Perth market that character homes continued to sell well in market downturns.


“A heritage listing is something you consider when conducting a valuation,” Mr Ptolomey said. “However, that’s not to say a home being listed will magically add a premium to a home.

  • “Generally, if the home is in good condition and has been well maintained, a heritage listing will add to the appeal. However, if buyers feel they have to do a lot of work, the listing may concern them.”
Claremont. 1910 Federation heritage Sold: March 2015.
Claremont. 1910 Federation heritage Sold: March 2015.

Mr Ptolomey said buyers should check what grading a home’s listing was before purchasing to ensure they knew what could be done.

  • Heritage Perth executive director Richard Offen said there was a misconception that a heritage listing devalued a home.
  • “Numerous studies, including those conducted on homes in Shenton Park and Mount Lawley, show that a heritage listing will add value the majority of the time or, at worst, have a neutral effect,” Mr Offen said.

“There’s a widely held mistaken belief that if a home has a heritage listing you cannot change the light bulbs. However, that’s really not the case and, in fact, you can often do multiple extensions and renovations to a listed home, provided you work within the guidelines.”[18]


Perth’s best-kept-secret neighbourhoods


Nov 4, 2015 Maya Anderson

Perth's more unassuming suburbs.
Perth’s more unassuming suburbs.

Buying or renting in Perth and want to live somewhere a little special?
Here are some of Perth’s hidden gems – suburbs so lovely the locals never want to leave.

Plympton Ward precinct, East Fremantle


 Photo: Ignorant Armies
Photo: Ignorant Armies

Tucked away beyond bustling Canning Highway, the Plympton Ward precinct around George Street is one that many Perthites drive past for years but never know is there.

  • You could almost be stepping back in time when you stroll down historic George Street.

The area is made up predominantly of 19th-century houses – the construction of the Plympton Ward precinct began in 1897 – with small lots and small houses – most only two bedrooms – that linked architecturally and socially to the gold rush and the development of Fremantle’s inner harbour.

  • Now these little houses, many extended out the back, are highly desirable real estate. George Street locals love the area because of the strong community, family friendly feel and riverside location.
  • Have kids? Every Friday after school, the local playground is where it’s at – neighbourhood parents grab a pizza from down the road, a bottle of wine from the Young George bottleshop across the road, and socialise while watching the kids play.

 

West Leederville


If Leederville is the brash, bold, popular older sister, West Leederville is her quiet, bookish, but just as charming sweet younger sister.

  • While West Leederville is often overlooked in favour of Leederville, it has many dedicated fans who praise it for its close proximity to the city, attractive heritage streetscapes and assortment of trendy cafes such as Hylin and Piccolo’s Corner.
  • It is most popular with professional couples, singles and small families.

 

​Menora​

 


 252 Walcott Street, Menora
252 Walcott Street, Menora

Driving along on busy Walcott Street, it’s easy to whiz straight past Menora – not as easy to discover it.

  • Yet the locals like it that way. A small, quiet pocket of Perth tucked away alongside the more prominent suburbs of Mount Lawley, Inglewood and North Perth, Menora was an offshoot of Mount Lawley, given its name in 1954 in honour of an old theatre of the same name that was located within its borders.
  • The area’s large Jewish community also gave support for the name due to the significance of the menorah to them, and today Menora is home to one of Perth’s largest Jewish communities, making up 7.2 per cent of the population.
  • The houses are older, romantic character abodes, many gracious art deco residences from the 1930s mixed in with Californian bungalow, inter-war functional and Spanish Mission architecture.
  • Heritage protection in the area means very little development, renovation projects with good bones and lots of potential still there to be snapped up

 

South Fremantle


Its premier real estate is now hugely in demand, so it is hard to imagine that 30 to 40 years ago South Fremantle was thought of as something of a

 50 Lilly Street, South Fremantle
50 Lilly Street, South Fremantle

less-than-desirable area.

  • Quieter than the cappuccino strip of Fremantle and with treed streets with small low-maintenance blocks, South Fremantle is loved by locals, who enjoy being moments from beautiful South Beach, public transport and popular dining options, including Manna Wholefoods, Ootong & Lincoln and Missy Moo’s.
  • Properties include renovated terrace houses as well as workers cottages, character houses and more modern dwellings.

Gooseberry Hill


 1 Jaraba Avenue, Gooseberry Hill
1 Jaraba Avenue, Gooseberry Hill

Get away to the Perth hills in gorgeous Gooseberry Hill, half an hour east of Perth, nestled at the western base of the Darling Range.

  • Locals love the large blocks, the feeling of tranquillity, the views across to Perth city in the distance and the close-knit community.
  • Features include the Rose Garden in the grounds of the old Archbishop’s House, the Zig Zag scenic drive, historic village, arts and crafts galleries, wineries and patisseries such as Le Croissant du Moulin.
  • Most of its locals are older couples and families.

 


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