Three Federation Beauties from Victoria
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|The Gables, Hamilton||74 McPherson Street, Essendon||Swansea, Brighton|
Walter Butler designed houses:
|Eulinya and garden (1925)||Edzell Mansion (1892)||Myrniong (1907)||The Gables (1908)|
|Marathon, (1914)||Missions to Seamen (1916)|
“The Gables” Circa 1907
Federation Arts and Crafts style, by Society architect Walter Butler
|‘The Gables’, 69 French Street, Hamilton, VIC probably designed by Architect Walter Butler.|
Registered on the Victorian Heritage Database:
- Part of the heritage registered Botanic Gardens Precinct of Hamilton –
- regarded during the last century as `one of the beauty spots of the colony’.
- “‘The Gables‘ was probably designed by the leading society architect, Walter Butler. He was active in the area at this time and associated with the Learmonths. Notwithstanding the verandah, it is a very English version of the Federation style and hints at the Arts and Crafts movement in its detailing.”
- “The house is an important foil to both Eildon (below), now the Napier Club building, designed by Ussher and Kemp in 1904 and to Myrniong, designed by Butler (or Henry Kemp) in 1906. All three architects were closely associated.”
Companion Residences in the historic Botanic Gardens Precinct:
The Napier Club, formerly Eildon
34 Thompson Street HAMILTON, Southern Grampians Shire
Eildon, now known as the Napier Club, was built as a two storey, red brick residence and surgery for Dr David Laidlaw in 1904 to a design by architects Ussher and Kemp in the Federation Queen Anne style.
Hensley Park Road HAMILTON, Southern Grampians Shire
Myrniong, built in 1906-07 as a country residence for wealthy Melbourne businessman Leslie Jenner, consists of a large house, manager’s residence and stables.
Botanic Gardens Hamilton
French Street and Kennedy Street and Martin Street and Thompson Street HAMILTON
This area has regional significance because of its associations with the Hamilton Botanical Gardens, regarded during the last century as `one of the beauty spots of the colony’.
- Opposite the Hamilton Botanic Garden is this seriously large home, The Gables, with four reception rooms and five large bedrooms.
|The Gables with driveway, at 69 French Street, Hamilton, VIC|
“Undoubtedly one of the Western District’s finest residences, “The Gables” is a stunning Queen Anne Federation two storey home (probably) designed by the esteemed architect Walter Butler for the Learmonth family in 1907.
- “Constructed of solid red brick and consisting of an expansive 75 squares, it is located opposite Hamilton’s world famous Botanical Gardens.
- “This Federation Arts and Crafts style home exudes a “grandness” from the moment you lay eyes on it, as you wander down it’s front path, past the massive hand carved granite lions and into its beautiful and imposing entrance hall.”
Down the front path, wander past two massive hand carved granite lions and then into its beautiful and imposing entrance hall.
|Entrance to ‘The Gables’|
|Lobby at “The Gables’, 69 French Street, Hamilton, VIC|
From here you can enter into one of the home’s three stunning reception rooms or continue on into it’s impressive grand formal lounge and dining room which allow for large-scale entertaining.
- This is the living room, incorporating the dining room:
Dining and living room of ‘The Gables’, 69 French Street, Hamilton, VIC
- Close up view of the sitting area around the gas fire above:
A closer look at the lounge area of the dining and living room.
- Let’s call this the smoking or club room which is upstairs:
The upstairs sitting room at ‘The Gables’ 69 French Street, Hamilton, VIC
- This then is the formal reception room with bay window seating:
Another view of the reception room with bay window and ornate marble fireplace.
- Turn around and this is an opposite view of the formal reception room, with I suspect, the sliding doorway to the foyer at rear left:
|The coffered wooden ceiling is typical of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style, which exposes the support of the floor above.|
- And this must be the downstairs ‘snug’ family room: with sun room beyond:
The ‘snug’ room between the living room and the kitchen at 69 French Street, Hamilton
- So here is the very formal entry with a covered walkway, and the street visible outside
The entry foyer of The Gables, 69 French Street, Hamilton
The spacious kitchen has a country style to it with more than enough room for a large dining table and is complete with a full sized butlers pantry.
The kitchen and breakfast room of 69 French Street, Hamilton
Downstairs also consists of an enormous bedroom with fire place, ensuite and dressing room, which are not illustrated here – all the downstairs rooms have timbered coffer ceilings, but none of these bedrooms have such a ceiling.
- Downstairs has two sun rooms (off reception, and off the snug living area,
- a large laundry, ironing room, large dry cellar plus an internal wine cellar (not illustrated)
- Here is an enormous bedroom upstairs:
The “green” bedroom upstairs at 69 French Street, Hamilton
- An impressive mahogany staircase leads up onto the huge landing of the second floor,
The mahogany staircase with a view of the lobby at 69 French Street, Hamilton
- The upstairs landing, showing two bedrooms:
The upstairs landing at 69 French Street, Hamilton, showing the entrance to the “green” bedroom.
- And if you turn around you see a linen room, bathroom, more bedrooms and the smoking or club room in the corner:
Another view of the upstairs landing at 69 French Street, Hamilton
- Off which you will find four more enormous bedrooms, two modern bathrooms (one with views out across the Grampians ranges) and a third and final reception room, which was originally a smoking room and still has the original tobacco nooks above the fire place.
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- Since the architect Walter Butler was a Landscape Architect as well, the (large) garden is probably designed by him. Can you see the wisteria arbour, and the pool in the distance?
Heritage Description of ‘The Gables’:
SIGNIFICANCE: Notwithstanding the verandah, a very English version of the Federation style, the house was probably designed by Walter Butler. It has important associations with leading townsmen.
- This building has regional significance for its architectural interest as a fine example of the Queen Anne style house and for its historical associations with Harold Learmonth (1863-1933) of Peter Learmonth & Co., stock and station agents and auctioneers, a prominent Hamilton townsman and mayor. ([i])
- It was probably designed by the leading society architect, Walter Butler. He was active in the area at this time and associated with the Learmonths. ([ii]) See the page on Architect Walter Butler.
- The house is an important foil to both Eildon, now the Napier Club building, designed by Ussher and Kemp in 1904 and Myrniong, designed by Butler (or Henry Kemp) in 1906. All three architects were closely associated. ([iii])
- Notwithstanding the verandah, it is a very English version of the Federation style and hints at the Arts and Crafts movement in its detailing.
This building has regional significance for its architectural interest as a fine example of the Queen Anne style house and for its historical associations with Harold Learmonth (1863-1933) of Peter Learmonth & Co., stock and station agents and auctioneers, a prominent Hamilton townsman and mayor.
The Gables, built in 1908, ([iv]) replaced an earlier timber house on the site owned at first by Sigismund Jacoby, storekeeper, and by Learmonth in 1890. ([v])
- Learmonth’s brother-in-law, Dr David Laidlaw, Medical Superintendent at the Hamilton Hospital, built his mansion Eildon, around the corner at 34 Thompson Street, in 1904.
- The house remains significantly intact and is in good condition. Being the largest residence in this part of French Street it plays a critical part in the streetscape. It also has an important relationship with the Botanic gardens opposite. ([vi])
- [i] Garden, D, Hamilton, pp 120, 129, 130, 172, 173, 213.
- [ii] He designed Myrniong and extensions to Murndal in 1906.
- [iii] ADB, Vol 7, p 510-11 and Vol 9, p 562-63.
- [iv] Hamilton Rate Book, 1908, No. 317 (house, NAV 85 pounds)
- [v] Ibid., 1888, No. 252 (wooden house, NAV 48 pounds), 1890, No. 232 (wooden house, NAV 48 pounds).
- [vi] Walter Butler was a landscape architect and, having designed an important garden at Myrniong, may have done so at The Gables.
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- The listing: asking $1,375,000
74 McPherson Street, Essendon VIC 3040
A QUEEN ANNE BEAUTY, C. 1900
Gracefully extended, this turn-of-the-century “belle” has formal and casual living areas and up to five bedrooms, offering a superb floor plan that will adapt to suit a growing family.
- “Built in 1900, this ‘belle’ is (a classic example) of its era, with leadlight windows and leadlight in the ‘entry’ (door) and Art Nouveau pressed-metal ceilings.”
This Federation style is what Melbournians call “Edwardian”, meaning the walls are of timber. Queen Anne style uses red brick walls.
- The Sunrise fretwork decoration in the front main gable symbolizes the ‘New era’ of Australian Federation (the separate colonies unite federally to form the new Australia (which is why this style is called ‘Federation;), and is a landmark feature of houses built in 1900-1903.
- Technically, because the verandah roof is continuous from the top ‘hip’ in the roof to the timber verandah posts, this is a a ‘very new’ Federation Bungalow style. Victorian period houses (prior to 1900) had a separate verandah roof, which is not a feature of Federation style.
- Upholding the local history is the cedar-lined garage, which was once stables – the original owners would walk their horses to the Moonee Valley racetrack.
|74 McPherson Street, Essendon VIC 3040|
- “Two ground-floor bedrooms (BIRs) are complemented by a fitted study/bedroom and an Edwardian-style bathroom with shower and clawfoot tub, and the Upper level has two further bedrooms (BIRs) plus a retreat with city glimpses, a bathroom and attic for storage”.
|Lounge room with marvellous bay window at 74 McPherson Street, Essendon VIC 3040. Note the ornate ceilings and cornice work, typical of the period.|
- (Fortunately, the house will be sold without the unsympathetic lounge room suite.
|What beautiful Art Nouveau leadlight windows. A bay window of great beauty!|
|A fretwork arch has obviously been replaced by bespoke timber shelving. Looking up you can see the pressed metal ceiling, usually made by Wunderlich.|
|Updated Meile kitchen. Try to overlook the flooring: originally this flooring would be made of timber of much the same overall colour (see below).|
- Miele appliances and marble bench tops
|Entertainment room with a statement, shiny wooden flooring, which is hidden elsewhere in the house.|
|The heritage of this bathroom has been retained, and looks splendid. The armoire (free standing cupboard) is a fine addition and is bespoke (made to order – check out the bespoke bedroom furniture of the same style).|
|Yes, there is the bespoke pair of bedroom drawers to match the bathroom furniture.|
|The rear garden and the sympathetic first floor extension.|
|The floor plan clearly shows the sympathic extensions to the back of the house. The projecting rear bay window is a new feature, quite similar to the bay window at the front of the house.|
- The listing at Domain and at Review Property. Contact the agent for an inspection. Auction 25 March 2017, 2pm
Swansea, 82 Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186
“Swansea” – c.1901 Historic Highpoint on 1468sqm
Perched on the highest point between (Melbourne) city and Sandringham, this turn of the century red brick manor is a true icon of Brighton Beach overlooking the most famous stretch of metropolitan Melbourne beachfront.
|‘Swansea’, 82 Esplanade Brighton Victoria|
- Federation Queen Anne style features red brick construction, terracotta tiles or slate tiles, and white pained woodwork. Note the assymetric frontage, with a right hand side conical tower (‘candle-snuffer’) and a left-hand side cupola. The effect is picturesque.
This 1468sqm estate enjoys sweeping seaside panoramas with views extending from Brighton’s famed bathing boxes to the glittering city lights, Macedon ranges and beyond.
|Brighton seaside, with Swanview on the left.|
|Bird’s-eye view of the view towards Melbourne from Brighton|
A consummate example of Federation Queen Anne architecture, the estate comprises a main house and outbuildings (6 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms) that include a self contained residence, double carport and workshop.
|Dining room at 82 Esplanade Brighton Victoria|
The impressive main house features a grand dining room, drawing room fitted with bar and library cabinetry, and a turreted lounge.
|Drawing room at 82 Esplanade, Brighton|
An open plan granite kitchen with Falcon range, lounge/ playroom and first floor children’s quarters make it ideal for a growing family. The ground floor master (with ensuite access to a stylish bathroom with freestanding bath), provides parents with privacy, even as they sleep close by.
|Elegant bathroom at 82 Esplanade, Brighton Victoria|
Rich with period detail, this grand home is the pinnacle of elegance.
|Lounge Room at 82 Esplanade, Brighton Victoria|
Soaring 14′ ceilings and Federation style fretwork are complemented by marble and mahogany fireplace mantles.
|Kitchen of 82 Esplanade, Brighton|
|Main bedroom at 82 Esplanade, Brighton.|
Numerous bay windows and an entertaining veranda capture breathtaking views of the sea and overlook landscaped lawns and garden below. A high gabled roof line featuring decorative turrets and imported French terracotta tiles, tops it all off in grand style.
|Detail of roof fineal styled as a dragon’s head.|
With just four owners over its 116 year history, this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure one of Melbourne’s most iconic properties.
- Virtual tour of the seaside area (drone’s eye view only), revealing a two-storey Queen Anne home toward the city on the Esplanade.
Seriously, the drone doesn’t even fly through the house so the identification of this video as a ‘virtual tour’ is inadequate and misleading.
- The listing.
- Expressions Of Iinterest: closes 28 March at 5pm