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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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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Sleat Bank, Hamilton

813 Murndal Road Yulecart Vic 3301

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“THE folk at Heritage Council Victoria do not miss much and they certainly know about Sleat bank:

  • The organisation praises this Edwardian-era gem as “a particularly complete example of a homestead complex including a substantial house with many intact interiors and some architectural pretension”.
  • Located 12km west of Hamilton, Sleatbank was believed to be built in 1910, but traces its history to the settlement subdivisions of the late 1800s.”
    • Sleatbank was owned by Alexander Armstrong who retired to Toorak and died in the early 1970’s. He was probably the nephew of Mary Ann Bell (nee Armstrong) and Jean Stewart (nee Armstrong).
    • Bob Bell, son of Alan Victor Bell and Janet Bell, managed the property until its sale in the 1970’s. It is now owned by the Blue Gum Company.[1]

Sleatbank is an iconic district property located in the heart of the Western District close to Hamilton and within an hour of coastal destinations such as Port Fairy.

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Sleat Bank complex is located on the south side of the Murndal Road, near Yulecart.

  • The land was purchased by the McGilvray family following the Closer Settlement subdivision in the late nineteenth century.
  • It passed to Neil McGilvray and was then sold out of the family in 1890.
  • One of the next owners was Alexander Thompson of Pierrepoint and he probably built the house.

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Sleat Bank is a single storey timber building clad with weatherboard, and in the Federation/Domestic Queen Anne style typical of the Edwardian Period.

  • No architect has yet been linked with the design but its sophistication and the quality of the building work strongly suggests an architect was involved.

The front door and its surround are a particularly fine example of leadlighting.

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One of the more distinctive features of the house is the tapered chimneys, which divide the windows on the side elevations.

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Most of the fashionable interior detailing and joinery survives, including Art Nouveau carved mantels and panelling. Several early carpets also survive.

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The service areas have been altered and modernised. The house is in good condition.

A mature garden surrounds the house, planted out with a variety of conifers, and a fine Lemon Scented Gum (Eucalyptus citriodora).

  • There are extensive outbuildings at the rear, and beyond the main rear yard, the original stables.
  • The woolshed and men’s quarters stand isolated in a nearby paddock. The whole of the complex is in good condition and retains a high degree of integrity.

How is it significant?

Sleat Bank is of historical and architectural significance to the community of Yulecart and the Southern Grampians Shire.
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Why is it significant?

The Sleat Bank Homestead complex is of historical significance as a representation of pastoralism at the turn of the twentieth century after Closer Settlement.

  • It is of architectural significance as a particularly complete example of a homestead complex including a substantial house with many intact interiors and some architectural pretension overall.
  • The house is supported by a fine period garden and by the yard and suite of substantial outbuildings to the rear. – Read more:

A substantial Historic Edwardian homestead containing 7 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Formal Lounge and Dining rooms, Butlers Pantry, large country kitchen, pantry and office.

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  • Considerable period features including lead lighting, art nouveau mantles, significant internal detailing and joinery typical of the Federation / Queen Anne style of the Edwardian period.
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  • The Homestead is set in sweeping lawns surrounded by mature trees.
  • A mature garden surrounds the house and there are extensive outbuildings, including the original stables, shearers’ quarters, eight-stand woolshed with bugle sheep yards, steel cattle yards and machinery shed.
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  • “We have underground and above-ground tanks for drinking water supplies, but unlimited bore water for everything else,” Monique said.
  • A separate cottage on the property overlooks winter wetlands that attract a wide variety of birdlife.
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Lugano, Northcote VIC

Lugano, 215 Clarke Street, Northcote VIC

One of the great houses of the inner north, one of the rich stories of residential Melbourne.

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Featured in an article by Lou Sweeney Domain Reporter Jul 23, 2016:

  • Situated on Rucker’s Hill in Northcote, ‘Lugano‘ is a beautiful and complex Edwardian era Queen Anne mansion. It stands alongside its mirrored twin ‘Mandalay’. Both houses were built in 1912 by master builder Laurence Edwards.
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Lugano‘ is the left hand plan Mandalay‘ is the right hand plan, otherwise they are identical.

 

House of the Week: Prepare to be awestruck

The remarkable 'Lugano', 215 Clarke Street, Northcote, Victoria
The remarkable ‘Lugano’, 215 Clarke Street, Northcote, Victoria

“We need to talk about Lugano, one of the great houses of the inner north, one of the rich stories of residential Melbourne.

  • Built by Lawrence Edwards in 1912, the glorious elevation here is noteworthy on its own – the city skyline barely interrupted – but it’s the interiors that leave you awestruck.
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  • Truly, this is a special one.
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While the foyer’s columned archway is a suitably stunning introduction, you only have to jag left where bedroom one immediately ups the ante. It’s here you see the first of the incredible pressed metal ceilings.

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  • This one – Four Seasons – has cherub cameos each representing a different time of year.
  • Then there’s the superb leadlight bay window with city views, and the lovely timber overmantle.
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It keeps getting more remarkable as you go beyond the arch to the fine timber study and then two further bedrooms, the main showcasing a lovely tulip motif ceiling and excellent en suite.

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  • Across to the very generous eastern side you get a state-of-the art kitchen, a terrific meals area and handsome family room all sitting under another astonishing ceiling.
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  • Outside and beyond are decks and barbecue kitchens. There’s a neat little swim spa, apparently the spot to watch the New Year’s fireworks
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    and a cabana with sauna and gym. Behind the house to the north-east edge is the studio/retreat with bathroom.”
Rear view of Lugano, 215 Clarke Street, Northcote VIC
Rear view of Lugano, 215 Clarke Street, Northcote VIC

“We really need to talk though, about the formal sitting room, the grand ballroom, the timber attic and the widow’s walk.

  • Set to the right of the entry the sitting room will make you weep. Its corner leadlight window seat with city vistas, its divine art nouveau overmantle and its Queen of Hearts pressed metal ceiling are extraordinary.
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  • The steep stair to the attic is a bit of fun and when you reach the rooftop to stand outside on top of the world, you feel like you could touch the towers of town.

 

Federation style Northcote stunner with breathtaking city views

From the Weekly Review by Alison Barclay, July 13.2016 4:40 pm
Its Queen Anne architecture, with a widow’s walk, turret, bay windows and a grand staircase from verandah to driveway, clearly has lasting appeal for inquisitive kids. In 1990, the grown-up Taig saw an ad for Lugano.

  • “Six hundred people attended the auction,” he recalls, “but I knew none of them were genuine bidders.”
  • He kept his hand down and bought Lugano two days later. A history boffin, Don Taig proved the ideal second owner for this extraordinary house.

 

Lugano, 215 Clarke Street, Northcote, 3070. Photo: supplied
Lugano, 215 Clarke Street, Northcote, 3070. Photo: supplied

He and his wife restored it, reproducing the original paint colours – rose pink, cream and duck-egg blue – and tracking down an expert craftsman, aged 100 and still working, to repair the pressed-metal ceilings.

  • Their best discovery was Lawrence Edwards’ daughter. “She was in a nursing home, and one of the cast-iron pieces of the widow’s walk balustrade was in her room,’’ he says. “I got the Northern Aluminium Casting Works people to copy it for me.”
  • He’s proud to call Lugano “a completely preserved period home, incorporating contemporary features in a period style”.

Mr Taig’s efforts to restore the home were rewarded when the granddaughter of the original builder, Laurence Edwards, showed him a photo of her grandparents’ golden anniversary party that was held at the home.
“I was happy to see that I had achieved a result that was pretty close to the original,” Mr Taig said.

 

Don Taig is selling his house in Northcote. Picture: Josie Hayden
Don Taig is selling his house in Northcote. Picture: Josie Hayden

 

‘Lugano’: Federation grandeur

This sensational historic residence (1912) is Northcote’s most magnificent example of the Federation style, on a vast landscaped block with a 2nd street frontage and breathtaking views from the Dandenongs to the CBD.

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  • Sitting proudly on the crest of Ruckers Hill, and immaculately renovated with splendid pressed metal ceilings,
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  • remarkable Art Nouveau detail and quality modern appointments,
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    This unique residence, originally the home of pioneer builder Lawrence Edwards, includes
  • a grandly-proportioned dining room, (originally one of the few private ballrooms north of the Yarra)
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  • adjoining an opulent formal sitting room;external image 00391157_img_05.jpg?505082016&auto=compress&modify_date=05082016
  • expansive family living area flowing to al fresco entertaining decks,
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  • BBQ kitchens and solar-heated swimming pool;
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  • bespoke kitchen with state-of-the-art fittings;
  • 3 further bathrooms, attic and ‘Widow’s Walk’ lookout, plus extensive al fresco entertaining areas, swimming pool, gym, cellar and 6-car garage.
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Cooinda, Birchs Bay TAS

Cooinda, 3707 Channel Highway Birchs Bay Tas 7162

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Tasmanian Federation home, Cooinda for sale…

Tasmanian Federation home, Cooinda for sale
Tasmanian Federation home, Cooinda for sale

This beautiful federation homestead sits on the edge of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, with views across to Bruny Island, and could be yours for the price of an inner-city pad in Sydney or Melbourne.
From Property Observer. 6 JUNE 2016
The former divisional director and head of training for equity markets at Macquarie Bank, Rohan Boman and wife Anne, have listed their Tasmanian Federation home Cooinda.

  • Originally from Queensland, the couple have spent many years living and Sydney and overseas but decided to settle in the south.
  • They paid $2.7 million for the home which sits on a sprawling 3.4 hectare parcel on the edge of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
  • Built in 1905, the fully renovated Cooinda has four bedrooms, a formal dining room, a central study and a sheltered garden terrace.
  • They keep chicken and sheep on the property which also features a 1984 renovated barn and a self-contained cottage.
  • Rohan is currently the director at Australian Whisky Holdings.

Birchs Bay Tasmanian homestead features views of Bruny Island

Cooinda, 3707 Channel Highway Birchs Bay Tas 7162
Cooinda, 3707 Channel Highway Birchs Bay Tas 7162

Anne and Rohan Boman, who are originally from Queensland, spent many years living in Sydney and overseas but decided to settle in Tasmania on their return.

  • “We were looking at where we’d like to live when we came home and Tasmania was on my husband’s radar,” says Anne.
  • “We saw this place and it was everything I could ask for.”

They bought the property in 2007 and have lived here since 2009. Anne says she loves the change of seasons and her beautiful garden, with the home set on almost 4ha. She also loves the fact it’s just 30 minutes from Hobart.

  • The main house was built around 1905 and has pretty bay windows, high ceilings and original fireplaces. A wraparound veranda is perfect for entertaining and yacht gazing. There are four bedrooms, the master with water views.
  • There is a barn on the property that dates from 1894 and has been renovated to include an airy loft that can be used as a teenager’s retreat or studio. There is also a self-contained cottage.
  • Anne says the family goes kayaking and enjoys walking into the nearby village of Woodbridge, which is home to the famed Peppermint Bay Hotel.
  • They keep sheep and chickens on the property, which she says has been wonderful for her growing children. With the children now older, it’s time for a new adventure.

Birchs Bay is in southeast Tasmania, 30 minutes from Hobart, overlooking Bruny Island.

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  • The median house price in Kingborough local government area was $398,000 in February, according to CoreLogic RP Data.
  • In southern Tasmania it was $280,000.
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The main house was built around 1905; the barn/teenagers retreat in 1894.

’Cooinda’ – The epitome of Tasmanian lifestyle property

“Occupying sublime position on the edge of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, this fully renovated Federation residence (c1905) is the epitome of Vogue country living. Take advantage of extraordinary privacy with coveted water front position in this prestige estate spanning 8.5 acres.

  • From the tree-lined signature entrance to the formidable grounds and statuesque homestead, ’Cooinda’ is one of the finest lifestyle properties in Tasmania, only a 30 minute drive from Hobart.”
  • “Set within a private sanctuary, the main residence demands your attention with gabled exterior with superior landscaping guiding towards a signature stained glass front entry.”

 

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“Inside, period architecture charms and enchants with high ceilings, original fireplaces, bay windows, picture rails and use of timbers delicately balanced with modern accents. An elegant and refined tone permeates the formal lounge with bay window seats and glazing highlighting eye-warming surrounds whilst furnishings complement the style effortlessly.”

  • “Formal dining supports via French doors before flowing into the ultimate country kitchen with Celery Top Pine and Corian joinery, large island bench and glazing the showstoppers as it spills warmly onto a prominent wrap verandah to create an ideal platform for casual dining or yacht gazing.”

 

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Anne Boman says she and the family often went kayaking on D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

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One of the living areas has skylights and glass doors leading to an outdoor entertaining space.

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The house sits on a 4ha block, but is only 30 minutes from Hobart.

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The main house was built around 1905; the barn/teenagers retreat in 1894.

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Anne Boman says she and the family often went kayaking on D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Address: Cooinda, 3707 Channel Highway, Birchs Bay, southeast Tasmania, asking $3m.

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Contact Agent:

Pam Corkhill

  • 0419 103 867

Agents: Steve Yannarakis and Pam Corkhill, Knight Frank, Hobart.”

Federation Excellence

A Gallery of Great Federation Design

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These beautiful heritage buildings are works of Art. They are known by their own names, and are mixed media masterpieces often with fancy brickwork, fine tiling and at best parquetry flooring, with complex skilled joinery, artistic embellishments such as ornate ceilings, beautiful artisan lead light windows and a valued heritage.
The individual residences showcased here are each listed in the References below.

Federation Style

Federation style derived from the architecture of the English Revival which celebrated variability – sometimes referred to as the aesthetic of the ‘picturesque’.[1]

  • The picturesque aesthetic can also be seen as a rejection of the modern world of darkened cities, factories and mass production in that it celebrated traditional craftsmanship through the varied use of materials such as stone, brick, shingle and timber.
  • See also Picturesque Queen Anne
The Fairfax family’s vast harbour-front Point Piper estate, Elaine, is being introduced to the market as “Elaine Gardens”, worth $80m. The picturesque Gothic home has been owned by the Fairfax media dynasty since 1891 when it was bought for £2100.
The Fairfax family’s vast harbour-front Point Piper estate, Elaine, is being introduced to the market as “Elaine Gardens”, worth $80m. The picturesque Gothic home has been owned by the Fairfax media dynasty since 1891 when it was bought for £2100.

 


Federation Exteriors

Edzell, 76 St Georges Road Toorak Victoria, in English Revival (Queen Anne) style
Edzell, 76 St Georges Road Toorak Victoria, in English Revival (Queen Anne) style

 


1. Queen Anne Style

The Queen Anne style took its name from the British monarch of late 17th century but, in reality, derived inspiration from the Tudor and other earlier periods.

  • The Gothic (Queen Anne) Revival style is part of the mid-19th century picturesque and romantic movement in architecture, reflecting the public’s taste for buildings inspired by medieval design. This was a real departure from the previously popular styles that drew inspiration from the classical forms of ancient Greece and Rome.
The Gables Mansion and Gardens by Ussher and Kemp
The Gables Mansion and Gardens by Ussher and Kemp

 

The grand Federation home, "Lugano", 17 Victoria Square Ashfield
The grand Federation home, “Lugano”, 17 Victoria Square Ashfield

Richard Norman Shaw was the Revival’s most influential British exponent in the late 19th century.
In Australia, this became the Federation Queen Anne style
Its clearest identifying features are:

  1. tall striated brick chimneys,
  2. striped Tudor-style batons on gables, called ‘half timbering’,
  3. overhanging upper-storey windows called oriels and
  4. ornamental timber work particularly on verandahs.
Picturesque design especially at the roof level at 27 Balwyn Road, Camberwell, Victoria by Architects Ussher and Kemp
Picturesque design especially at the roof level at 27 Balwyn Road, Camberwell, Victoria by Architects Ussher and Kemp

‘Queen Anne’ exteriors tended to be asymmetrical with elements such as a turret or unexpected circular window added for interest and delight. In this respect English Revival architecture was a reaction against a formulaic and predictable Georgian classicism.

Booloominbah by John Horbury Hunt, UNE Armidale, Southern Elevation
Booloominbah by John Horbury Hunt, UNE Armidale, Southern Elevation
“The principle behind the “English Revival” (Queen Anne) or “Gothic” home is one of frankness.

English cottage style
English cottage style

That is, the exterior is a frank expression of the interior.
The floor plan is first laid out and, regardless of its intricacy, the exterior is made to reveal what it encloses.”

  • “Thus the Gothic (Queen Anne) style is the most flexible of all.
  • Though symmetry is sacrificed it is more than made up for in the subtle balancing of parts.
  • The finished result, if carefully watched, will be a beautiful composition of shapely architectural forms, varied wall surfaces, projecting casements and rich, decorative detail.
  • For the expression of one’s personality in a home, nothing could be more pliable, and in the end satisfying.”
    – 1928, the Builder’s Home Catalog[2]

“The (smaller) English Cottage style is notable for its steeply pitched, cross-gabled roof.

  • Decorative half timbering is common in the gable and second story.
  • The windows are relatively tall and slender with multi-pane glazing separated by either
    wood or lead (bars).
  • Chimneys are very large and commonly decorated with ornate chimney pots.”[3] (see below)

Two Launceston Federation Houses,

designed by Queensland Architect J. Martyn Haenke

  • Haenke (originally from Toowoomba, Queensland) was designing buildings in Launceston between June 1904 and May 1906.
  • Haenke managed to integrate elements of the Arts and Crafts Movement and bold Art Nouveau forms with the use of timber work, brick and tile common with his contemporaries.
  • Some time in 1905 he left for the mainland and then to California, where he became an architect of note.
36 Lyttleton Street East Launceston Tasmania; heritage named 'Victoria League House' built in 1905 by J. & T. Gunn and then known as ‘The Manor House’, the private residence of Cyril Perrin, a leading Launceston businessman. THR ID #4445
36 Lyttleton Street East Launceston Tasmania; heritage named ‘Victoria League House’ built in 1905 by J. & T. Gunn and then known as ‘The Manor House’, the private residence of Cyril Perrin, a leading Launceston businessman. THR ID #4445
  • Harrap House now Egremont 20 Welman Street, Launceston
  • At a cost of £1,784 of 13 rooms with 12 foot ceilings on the corner of Wellman and Elizabeth Streets, commenced 4 July 1903 and completed April 1904, survives virtually intact and untouched as evidenced by the photographs, even down to its original light fittings with their shades. [4]
  • Egremont 20 Welman Street, Launceston TAS. designed for the Harrap family (Ada, May, and brother George) by J Martyn Haenke; now operating as Egremont Bed And Breakfast; THR #4696
    Egremont 20 Welman Street, Launceston TAS. designed for the Harrap family (Ada, May, and brother George) by J Martyn Haenke; now operating as Egremont Bed And Breakfast; THR #4696
Lenoma, 7 Chrystobel Crescent Hawthorn, Victoria
Lenoma, 7 Chrystobel Crescent Hawthorn, Victoria

“This gracious six bedroom and study Federation residence c1910 is a grand two-level domain of rich original charm and light
with street and parkland frontage in the exclusive heart of the prestigious Grace Park Estate”


2. Arts and Crafts style

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Hollowforth, Neutral Bay, by Architect Edward Jeaffreson Jackson Redleaf, 8 Redleaf Ave, Wahroonga NSW
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Even more than Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts celebrates the artisanship of the carpenter, bricklayer, mason, plasterer and glazier.

Arts and Crafts placed added emphasis on the variation of materials. But the elements of the Arts and Crafts design tend to be less flamboyant and overtly historical than those in Queen Anne.

Hollowforth by architect E. Jefferson Jackson
Hollowforth by architect E. Jefferson Jackson

Arts and Crafts celebrated traditional craftsmanship through the

  1. varied use of materials such as stone, brick, shingle and timber.
  2. fine detailing and natural ‘organic’ shapes – flowers in particular – were important.
  3. rough-cast (or pebble-dash) style wall decoration is an important component of the style, adding another form of natural finish.
  • See Federation Arts and Crafts style
  • Contemporary North American architecture, too, was influenced by this craft revival. It, in turn, influenced aspects of Australian architectural design, particularly with the local adoption of the wall hung timber shingle.
  • The Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential, profound and far-reaching design movements of modern times. It began in Britain around 1880 and quickly spread across America and Europe
    "Trevenna" Armidale NSW, is clearly representative of the domestic architecture of Hunt.
    “Trevenna” Armidale NSW, is clearly representative of the domestic architecture of Hunt.
  • See also Shingle styles in Australia
Officer House, Eaglemont Vic 2008
Officer House, Eaglemont Vic 2008
Federation Arts and Crafts home at 4 Elsmere Street East Launceston; THR ID #4183
Federation Arts and Crafts home at 4 Elsmere Street East Launceston; THR ID #4183

3. Federation Bungalow style


The Federation Bungalow style employed design elements of the other two styles but usually in a simplified fashion.

'Travancore' - by Ussher & Kemp, 608 Riversdale Road, Camberwell
‘Travancore’ – by Ussher & Kemp, 608 Riversdale Road, Camberwell
  • A Federation Bungalow was typically single storey with emphasis on the verandah; the element that characterised the original bungalow derived from colonial India. [4]
    Federation Bungalow Home, 'Amalfi' 2 Appian Way, Burwood, NSW
    Federation Bungalow Home, ‘Amalfi’ 2 Appian Way, Burwood, NSW

The Federation Bungalow style was the Australian response to the bungalow style that was developed in America by people like Gustav Stickley.

  • Gustav Stickley was a furniture manufacturer, design leader, publisher and the chief proselytizer for the American Craftsman style, an extension of the British Arts and Crafts movement.
'Travancore' - Ussher & Kemp Grandeur - 608 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Vic.
‘Travancore’ – Ussher & Kemp Grandeur – 608 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Vic.
Rokeby, the house at 78 Athelstan Road, is a red brick Federation house with a return verandah and angled corner bay, anchored compositionally by two projecting brick wings to the east and south.
Rokeby, the house at 78 Athelstan Road, is a red brick Federation house with a return verandah and angled corner bay, anchored compositionally by two projecting brick wings to the east and south.
  • ‘Rokeby’s site placement, angled corner bay, and placement of a pyramidal roof form punctuated by projecting sitting room and dining room bays, is a clear and mature reflection of the external massing that would mark the Federation period.
  • Its pinwheel placement of rooms around a central hall became thoroughly characteristic of internal planning in the Federation period.
  • Rokeby is quite close to the seminal Federation plans by Alfred Dunn and Beverley Ussher of 1889-1892.”
'Blackwood' 13 Kasouka Road, Camberwell, Victoria
‘Blackwood’ 13 Kasouka Road, Camberwell, Victoria
Federation Bungalow design at 15 Currajong Avenue Camberwell VIC 3124 (part of the Sunnyside Estate)
Federation Bungalow design at 15 Currajong Avenue Camberwell VIC 3124 (part of the Sunnyside Estate)

By 1915 the bungalow was being promoted as the ideal home, in contrast to the terrace house form popular in the nineteenth century. (e.g. “Bring Back Bungalows“)

Tessellated verandah tiling is a very desirable feature at 'Susquahana' 162 Cross Road, Malvern SA
Tessellated verandah tiling is a very desirable feature at ‘Susquahana’ 162 Cross Road, Malvern SA

 


 

4. Federation Filigree Style

Federation Filigree was designed to create shade while allowing for the free flow of air. The “Queenslander’ is the foremost example of this style.

Earlsferry House and Grounds 1A Nurstead Ave, Bassendean, W.A.
Earlsferry House and Grounds 1A Nurstead Ave, Bassendean, W.A.
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Derry (former home of May Gibbs) Neutral Bay, NSW
Earlsferry is a two storey brick, iron and timber house in the Federation Queen Anne style. May Gibbs was one of Australia’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators. known for the iconic Australian children’s story, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
This Queenslander is one of the most spectacular timber houses in Brisbane: Cremorne, heritage-listed Hamilton Hill riverfront mansion at 34 Mullens Street, Hamilton QLD 4007, sold for over $7 million on 18 December 2015
This Queenslander is one of the most spectacular timber houses in Brisbane: Cremorne, heritage-listed Hamilton Hill riverfront mansion at 34 Mullens Street, Hamilton QLD 4007, sold for over $7 million on 18 December 2015

These houses have:

  • balconies screened with decorative balustrading
  • cast-iron (or later: timber) balustrades and brackets
  • common verandah posts, panels, friezes and brackets, which were manufactured products made in Australia,

These houses are instantly recognised as Federation for the following features:

  • Dominant hipped roofs, often broken by false gables
  • Turned or square timber verandah columns supplemented by elaborate timber decoration
  • Leadlight or coloured glass windows
  • Late 19th or early 20th Century period of construction
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Monterey Federation Apartments at 1 Avenue Road MOSMAN, NSW
Kianga - Vaucluse Federation House
Kianga – Vaucluse Federation House

 


Federation Interiors

Overseas interior trends influenced Federation interiors in Australia:

  1. The Gothic Period was a revival by the Victorians in the 19th Century and was a style that had a religious symbolic base.
  2. The Victorian Period provided a great change for the middle-class home. Goods and services became more accessible for the general population, and pride in the home began to show.
  3. Art Nouveau is considered the first style of the 20th Century, and a movement forward in the way design was concepted, coming from the present rather than looking back at the past. In interiors, Art Nouveau influenced joinery, leadlight glass and wallpapers.
    Art Nouveau interior at Werona, 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Tas 7250
    Art Nouveau interior at Werona, 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Tas 7250
Art Nouveau joinery and leadlight at Chadwick House designed by Desbrowe-Annear in Melbourne
Art Nouveau joinery and leadlight at Chadwick House designed by Desbrowe-Annear in Melbourne
  1. The Arts and Crafts movement, and then
  2. Edwardian style are major influences on our Federation interiors.
    Edwardian interior at Braemar, 36 Currajong Avenue, Camberwell, Vic
    Edwardian interior at Braemar, 36 Currajong Avenue, Camberwell, Vic
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Wall panelling and picture rails at Edzell House 76 St Georges Road Toorak Melbourne
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  • The artistic and build quality of the timber joinery is considered the ‘measure’ of Federation interior decoration.[5]
Ornate bay window arch at Travancore, 608 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Victoria
Ornate bay window arch at Travancore, 608 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Victoria
Ornate interiors at Coomaroo, 63A Albany Road Toorak, Victoria
Ornate interiors at Coomaroo, 63A Albany Road Toorak, Victoria
  • Inside the house, colours were muted but decoration was ornate.
Leadlight glass at 46 Bowen Crescent Carlton North 3054
Leadlight glass at 46 Bowen Crescent Carlton North 3054

Ballarat home featuring Australian motifs in leadlight glass windows
Ballarat home featuring Australian motifs in leadlight glass windows
PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ROPER
PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ROPER

1. Australian motifs

from "The Federation House" by Hugh Fraser and Ray Joyce
from “The Federation House” by Hugh Fraser and Ray Joyce
  • Australian motifs abound with flora and fauna both displayed in the plaster ceilings or used in fabrics, wallpaper, glass and tiles.
  • The most prevalent Australian motif is the ‘rising sun’ as a gable decoration.

2. Coloured glass or lead-light

  • Coloured glass or lead-light was used throughout Federation homes and the top panels of the front door often featured panels of colour in soft pastels with Art Nouveau or Australian motifs.
  • Leadlights or leaded lights are decorative windows made of small sections of glass supported in lead cames, and impart elegance and romantic charm to the rooms they illuminate.
  • This tradition is a Gothic influence, deriving from the stained glass of Gothic Revival churches.
  • Federation leadlight is usually inspired by Art Nouveau, and so has a fanciful, natural theme:
Art Nouveau leadlight at Vermont, 16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston
Art Nouveau leadlight at Vermont, 16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston
16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston shows Alexander North in an inventive mood
16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston shows Alexander North in an inventive mood
Leadlight glass at 46 Bowen Crescent Carlton North 3054
Leadlight glass at 46 Bowen Crescent Carlton North 3054
Ornate leadlight glass at Carramah, 31 Canterbury Road, CAMBERWELL, Victoria, by Architects Ussher and Kemp
Ornate leadlight glass at Carramah, 31 Canterbury Road, CAMBERWELL, Victoria, by Architects Ussher and Kemp
The Gables Tea-room: Renowned Queen Anne architects Ussher and Kemp celebrate Australian flora and fauna in the intricate plasterwork and leadlight throughout the Gables mansion.
The Gables Tea-room: Renowned Queen Anne architects Ussher and Kemp celebrate Australian flora and fauna in the intricate plasterwork and leadlight throughout the Gables mansion.

3. Bulls-eye windows

  • Round bulls-eye windows as well as bay windows were popular.

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4. Bay Windows

Ornate bay and (wider) bow windows at Auld Reekie, 511 Royal Parade Parkville, Vic. Their external view is illustrated below.
Ornate bay and (wider) bow windows at Auld Reekie, 511 Royal Parade Parkville, Vic. Their external view is illustrated below.

 

  • ‘Auld Reekie’ is of architectural significance to the State of Victoria.
    ‘Auld Reekie’ is architecturally significant as intact example of an Edwardian era villa in the so-called Federation Queen Anne style.
  • This style, arguably one of the first distinctive Australian architectural styles, is illustrated by the elaborate roof detailing, picturesque appearance and materials of red brick and terra cotta tiles.
Auld Reekie, 511 Royal Parade Parkville
Auld Reekie, 511 Royal Parade Parkville

 

5. French Doors

  • A French door is a door style consisting of a frame around one or more transparent and/or translucent panels (called windows or lights) that may be installed singly, in matching pairs, or even as series.
    French doors at Carramah, 31 Canterbury Road Camberwell Vic, by Architects Ussher and Kemp
    French doors at Carramah, 31 Canterbury Road Camberwell Vic, by Architects Ussher and Kemp
  • French doors have a purpose beyond style. The windows in the door allow more light to enter a room.This was important in a time before the discovery of electricity, as it allowed people to have light in their homes for a longer part of the day.
  • Light could be admitted to hallways and interior rooms that had no other window
  • See also Cosy Federation Interiors

5. Fireplaces

Launceston, Tasmania: Manor house fireplace, Harrap house two fireplaces
Launceston, Tasmania: Manor house fireplace, Harrap house two fireplaces

 

Cosy Federation sitting room at Travancore, 608 Riversdale Rd Camberwell (1899)
Cosy Federation sitting room at Travancore, 608 Riversdale Rd Camberwell (1899)

 


Edwardian fireplace at 18 Kintore Street Camberwell, Vic.
Edwardian fireplace at 18 Kintore Street Camberwell, Vic.

 

  • The Federation or Edwardian fireplace rejected Victorian styles and fireplace practices (Victorian fireplaces were not efficient).

  • As the Federation house expressed a desire for informality, fireplaces were often moved to the corner of a room, or situated in cosy nooks and bays.
  • The fireside inglenook created an informal area for reading and conversation.
  • See also Federation Fireplaces and Cosy Federation Interiors
Arts and Crafts interior at 'Susquahana' 162 Cross Road, Malvern, S.A.
Arts and Crafts interior at ‘Susquahana’ 162 Cross Road, Malvern, S.A.
Inglenook fireplace at 'Strathearn', 8 Stanhope Grove, Camberwell, Victoria
Inglenook fireplace at ‘Strathearn’, 8 Stanhope Grove, Camberwell, Victoria
Carefully detailed Edwardian style timber joinery at 15 Currajong Avenue, Camberwell, Vic 3124
Carefully detailed Edwardian style timber joinery at 15 Currajong Avenue, Camberwell, Vic 3124

6. Federation Bathrooms

  • In an Edwardian bathroom, there’s tile across the whole floor and tile or wainscotting half or a third of the way up the wall to make the surfaces easy to clean, and the walls above topped with light pastel colors or floral patterns.
  • Empty corners and open spaces were the rule, with only as much exposed plumbing as was expressly needed to fill a Clawfoot Tub and feed the Console Sink and toilet.
  • Edwardian bathrooms, as with the rest of Edwardian architecture, utilized lots of natural light, so there’re lots of large windows, light pastel color schemes, and often bouquets of fresh flowers to emphasize the bright, natural aspect of the bathroom.
Period bathroom at 15 Currajong Avenue Camberwell VIC 3124
Period bathroom at 15 Currajong Avenue Camberwell VIC 3124

 

Original Federation style bathroom with modern shower and tap ware.
Original Federation style bathroom with modern shower and tap ware.

 


 

Houses Referenced as Great Works of Federation Art:

(in order of appearance above)

Edzell, 76 St Georges Road Toorak Victoria;

The Gables Mansion and Gardens, 15 Finch St, Malvern East VIC 3145

  • See also Architects Ussher and Kemp
  • NOT a Heritage Listed Location (Why Not?); The Gables is a notable domestic example of the (Queen Anne) Gothic Revival style by architects Ussher and Kemp,
  • No detail has been spared in the maintenance of this century-old residence, from the stained glass windows and open fireplaces, to the classic furnishings and elegant period detailing.
  • Built in 1902 by local property developer Lawrence Alfred Birchnell. The Gables is considered one of the most prominent houses in the Gascoigne and Waverley Estates. Renowned Queen Anne architects Ussher and Kemp celebrate Australian flora and fauna in the intricate plasterwork and leadlight throughout the mansion. William Guilfoyl the master landscape architect of the Royal Botanical Gardens designed the garden which retains much of it original structure today.

Lugano, 17 Victoria Square Ashfield NSW;

Kira, 27 Balwyn Road, Camberwell, Victoria

Booloominbah by John Horbury Hunt, UNE Armidale NSW;

  • See also Architect John Horbury Hunt; Tourist attraction;
  • Heritage Listed Location; Booloominbah was designed for Frederick Robert White in about 1882 by John Horbury Hunt and built by local building contractors William Seabrook and John Brown in 1888. The White family occupied the house until 1933. Booloominbah reflects the Gothic revivalist influences of the ‘Queen Anne’ style. Wikipedia listing.

Manor House, 36 Lyttleton Street East Launceston Tasmania;

  • Launceston Heritage listed as ‘Victoria League House’; built in 1905 by J. & T. Gunn; Recent listing; On Register of Twentieth Century Launceston Architecture; external Heritage data sheet; Listed on Register of Tasmanian architecture – Australian Institute of Architects
  • Sold by private treaty 03 February 2015 for $1,140,000; Gallery of photos;
  • Architect: J. Martyn Haenke; One of Haenke’s finest buildings. The major internal space is a large open two storey high hall with stair and chimney inglenook at the base, which finds its external expression in the squat turret which penetrates the hipped roof. The exterior displays a wonderful fluidly detailed verandah, echoed in the original front fence.
  • SHOULD be Nationally Heritage Registered. SHOULD be listed by the National Trust.
  • See also Launceston Federation Houses

Harrap House, now Egremont 20 Welman Street, Launceston TAS.

  • designed for the Harrap family (Ada, May, and brother George) by J Martyn Haenke;
  • now operating as Egremont Bed And Breakfast;
  • Tasmanian Heritage Register #4696; SHOULD be listed by the National Trust.

Travancore 608 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Victoria. 3124;

Lenoma, 7 Chrystobel Crescent Hawthorn, Victoria;

  • previously Heritage listed; constructed around 1915 at the end of the second phase of Grace Park development;
  • see Hawthorn Federation Heritage; Last Advertised Price : December 2007, In excess of $5.2 Million
  • possibly designed by Christopher Cowper.
  • “This gracious six bedroom and study Federation residence c1910 is a grand two-level domain of rich original charm and light with street and parkland frontage in the exclusive heart of the prestigious Grace Park Estate”
  • See also Picturesque Queen Anne, Top Federation Houses

Hollowforth, 146 Kurraba Road, Kurraba Point, NSW 2089,

Trevenna UNE Armidale NSW, by John Horbury Hunt;

  • Trevenna is the residence of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England, in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. The house was built in 1892.
  • See also Architect John Horbury Hunt

Officer House, 55 Outlook Drive Eaglemont Victoria;

4 Elsmere Street East Launceston;

Little Milton, 26 Albany Road, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria;

Amalfi 2 Appian Way, Burwood, NSW;

Rokeby, 78 Athelstan Road Camberwell Victoria;

  • Boroondara City heritage listed; Victorian Heritage listed HO369
  • See also Camberwell heritage

Blackwood 13 Kasouka Road, Camberwell, Victoria;

15 Currajong Avenue Camberwell VIC 3124; old listing;

Susquahana 162 Cross Road, Malvern SA; listed for $1,5m
Earlsferry House and Grounds 1A Nurstead Ave, Bassendean, W.A.

  • W.A. State Registered Place Heritage Place No. 128

Derry, 12 Phillips Street, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089

  • former home of May Gibbs; as the house where May Gibbs wrote Gumnut Babies 1916 and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie 1918, ‘Derry’ is particularly important.
  • Heritage Registered in NSW

Cremorne, 34 Mullens Street, Hamilton, City of Brisbane,Queensland

  • Sold by private treaty 18 December 2015price undisclosed, but reported as asking for “$7m plus”
  • Cremorne was designed by the Sydney architects Eaton & Bates and built from 1905
  • Cremorne was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
  • The front elevation is dominated by a deep, open verandah with large rotundas or pavilions at the southwest and southeast corners, which take advantage of the views and river breezes. This verandah has simple timber valances, posts and balusters, and the rotundas have ogee-shaped cupolas above a frieze of pink and green glass panels
  • Offered for sale for the second time in its 110 year history, this iconic estate originally built in 1905, has the elegant heritage exterior of a Queenslander but inside, the home has received a complete contemporary restoration and heritage approved pavilion extension.
  • Receiving the 2009 State Residential Architecture Houses Award, its exquisite internal features include stained glass windows, 13 foot high ceilings, three fireplaces, chandeliers and polished timber flooring.

Monterey Federation Apartments, 1 Avenue Road MOSMAN, NSW

  • Heritage Registered in NSW
  • “The Monterey” was built in the early 1900s as a private waterside residence and guesthouse. Falling into dereliction, the mansion was completely restored and turned into a restaurant and residence, eventually being converted into 5 luxury strata apartments in the 1980s.

Kianga, New South Head Rd, Vaucluse, NSW

Werona, 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Tas 7250;

Braemar, 36 Currajong Avenue, Camberwell, Victoria; old listing

Chadwick House 32-34 The Eyrie, Eaglemont, Victoria,

Coomaroo, 63A Albany Road Toorak, Victoria

46 Bowen Crescent Carlton North 3054;

Vermont, 16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston. Tasmania;

Carramah, 31 Canterbury Road, Camberwell, Victoria;

Auld Reekie, 511 Royal Parade Parkville, Victoria;

Talarno c1890 18 Kintore Street Camberwell, Victoria;

Strathearn 18 Stanhope Grove, Camberwell, Victoria; old listing


Great Australian Federation Architects referenced


  1. ^ http://www.athomeinnorthsydney.com.au/federation–english-revival.html
  2. ^ http://www.antiquehome.org/Architectural-Style/tudor.htm
  3. ^ http://www.antiquehome.org/Architectural-Style/tudor.htm
  4. ^ http://www.athomeinnorthsydney.com.au/federation–english-revival.html
  5. ^ ‘The Federation House, Australia’s Own Style’ by Fraser and Joyce

Launceston’s High Street

High Street Launceston

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  1. Launceston Tasmanian Heritage
  2. Launceston’s Notable Houses
  3. Launceston’s Elphin Road

Warning! Are any of these houses to be struck from the Heritage lists?
High Street is a treasure-trove of Federation housing styles:
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  • Launceston combines steep (originally heavily wooded) ridges and low-lying areas (originally wetlands.
  • High Street Launceston runs along an Easterly high ridge due South from an intersection with Elphin Road near the city centre, and continues to Talbot Road and then Hobart Road forming a major thoroughfare running through the Eastern side of Launceston.
  • A Real Estate comment: “(These residences are) nestled amongst prestige and class upon the highly sought after and envied High Street.”[1]

Why the messy Heritage Listings Here?

  • The Tasmanian Heritage Register and Launceston City Heritage Register are ‘opaque’ and do not link to nomination data-sheets.This is apparently due to ‘lack of resources’.
  • The Tasmanian Heritage Register is only available as a download, so web-crawlers cannot index its contents, meaning you can’t readily find out if a Tasmanian residence is Heritage Listed.
  • Good luck trying to find the Launceston City Council Heritage Register from the council website, because it isn’t there. You need to use a link like this:

    Schedule 1 – Local Heritage List – Your Voice. Your …

    yourvoiceyourlaunceston.com.au/planningscheme/documents/…/downlo…Schedule 1 – Local heritagelist. Street. No. Street. Suburb ..

  • There is also a continuing process of ‘cleaning up’ the Tasmanian Heritage Register by removing items, apparently without the publishing of heritage nomination details either by the National Trust or the Local Council. Of course there is a procedure, but are important heritage homes safe?

    Reviewing the integrity of the Tasmanian Heritage Register

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www.heritage.tas.gov.au/thr_review.html
Oct 14, 2015 – “The Tasmanian Heritage Council is continuing its review of the integrity of the Tasmanian Heritage Register, which is the first comprehensive review conducted since the Heritage Register was created in 1997.

  • The next group of letters to affected property owners where the Heritage Council has no evidence that an entry meets the criteria in the Act will be sent out in the coming weeks. The owner letters will be followed by notices to the local council and a public notice as required under the Act. This stage of the process involves places in Launceston, followed by Hobart and then the balance of Tasmania.”
  • Most such heritage data-sheets are not public, and must be individually requested. Not only that, most data sheets that I have requested, have minimal information on the heritage values of the property.
  • If you search the internet for most of the listings below, you will only find heritage information that is either on this page, or on the National Heritage Register.
  • A change of public heritage registration information in Tasmania is well overdue.
  • Contact Heritage Tasmania directly, for further information, or to discuss any(heritage) issues you are interested in.
  • In Launceston, if you wish to promote the heritage of these city residences: contact Launceston City Council partners: Heritage Advisory Committee, Tasmanian Heritage Council, University of Tasmania, National Trust, Heritage Tasmania; or the Tasmanian Heritage Council
Map of High St, East Launceston TAS 7250
Map of High St, East Launceston TAS 7250

 

East Launceston suburb boundaries
East Launceston suburb boundaries

 

  • Launcestonians argue their architecture is more elegant, their parks more beautiful, their surrounding hills more verdant – and even their food scene just downright zestier. And on many of these points it’s hard to argue.
  • It might have something to do with the recent rebuilding of the city’s museums, and with an influx of students and creative types to the University of Tasmania. Art and design are big here, and there’s a new respect for the city’s fabulous cache of heritage buildings.[2]
Aerial view of Launceston CBD, Windmill Park right of centre, Elphin Road clearly visible at right, High Street runs right from (blue pool) prior to the Aquatic Centre construction.
Aerial view of Launceston CBD, Windmill Park right of centre, Elphin Road clearly visible at right, High Street runs right from (blue pool) prior to the Aquatic Centre construction.

 

Launceston Local Heritage Listed

Schedule 1 – Local heritage list

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 1 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 17260 19 6599798
  • 4 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 60120 3 7497080
  • 13 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 117016 1 6599747
  • 14 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 50569 1 6599982

14 High Street, East Launceston TAS 7250
“At only 90 years young this outstanding Arts and Crafts style home is all about family, loads of room inside with bedrooms, bathrooms and living!

14 High Street East Launceston, looking North
14 High Street East Launceston, looking North

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Great space outside for play or pottering and only a short walk from almost everything great Launceston has to offer.”


Windmill Hill and Aquatic Centre

Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre is a double storey structure built at the old Windmill Hill Swimming Pool site in Launceston, Tasmania. The centre was opened on 25 May 2009, at a cost of A$26.3 million.
The pool on the hill means a lot to the local swim squads who train daily.

Aerial view to West, Windmill Hill and Launceston Aquatic Centre, High Street runs to left, York Street to the West
Aerial view to West, Windmill Hill and Launceston Aquatic Centre, High Street runs to left, York Street to the West
Easterly view of York Street and towards Windmill Hill Launceston
Easterly view of York Street and towards Windmill Hill Launceston
Sketch of the Old Signalling Station and cottage, Windmill Hill, Launceston
Sketch of the Old Signalling Station and cottage, Windmill Hill, Launceston
Very old view North from Windmill Hill over City Park to Gas Works and Inveresk.
Very old view North from Windmill Hill over City Park to Gas Works and Inveresk.
Winmill Hill Aquatic Centre East Launceston
Winmill Hill Aquatic Centre East Launceston

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 17-18A High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 17 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 78395 3 6599720
  • 18A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State
  • 18A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 246404 1 6599990
Kurrajong House, Corner 17 Adelaide & 18 High Streets, Launceston, Tasmania
Kurrajong House, Corner 17 Adelaide & 18 High Streets, Launceston, Tasmania

 

  • Built in 1879, the lovingly restored Kurrajong House offers elegantly decorated rooms

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 21-28 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 21 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 70486 9 6599704
  • 21A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 70486 10 6599691
  • 22 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 33253 1 6600015
Windmill Hill Lodge 22 High Street East Launceston
Windmill Hill Lodge 22 High Street East Launceston

 

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 23 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 44760 13 7853823
  • 25 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 91559 1 6599675
  • 27 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 35958 1 1534370
  • 28 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 126854 1 6600031

Rosemount, 27 High St, East Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

An unusual two storey Regency style house built in the 1840’s by James Aikenhead who was the founder and proprietor of the Launceston Examiner. Noteworthy features include the unusual patterning to the long elongated central windows on the upper level, the front door, sidelights and fanlight and the large surrounding garden. The building is an important streetscape element.
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28 High Street Launceston Not on THR
28 High Street Launceston Not on THR

 


Launceston Local Heritage Listed 29 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.

 

  • 29 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 63699 1 6599659
  • 29 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 221910 1 6599659

Hillcrest, 29 High St, East Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

One of Launceston’s most dominant Grand Federation houses, it was the original home of Wright of Hinman, Wright & Manser, builders.

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Hillcrest, 29 High St, East Launceston Tasmania
Hillcrest, 29 High St, East Launceston Tasmania

 

  • The house’s compact two storey gable roofed form is extended by two upper storey balconies (the northern side being a particularly fine example of timber fretwork design) and also by a turret roofed bay window projecting from the drawing room.
  • Architect: Thomas Tandy; Date: 1912; Builder: Hinman, Wright & Manser[3]
  • A high quality townhouse from the turn of the century exhibiting many of the features from the Federation style vocabulary including terracotta decoration, corbelled chimneys, half timbered gables, decorative timber balustrades, corner bay window with turret roof, leadlight windows, oriels and timber fence. The building is intact and is a powerful streetscape element.

Description

  • A large two storey brick and stucco Federation style house.
  • It has the full range of features typical of this style: tiled roof with ridge decoration, elaborate corbelled chimneys, gable roofs with half timbered, bracketed ends, decorative timber balustrades, a corner bay window with a turret roof, leadlight windows and tiled entrance porch, it has a fine leadlight front door with keyhole shaped side windows and transom light. The front fence and gate are also intact.

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 30 High Street

Roselea, 30 High Street Launceston
Roselea, 30 High Street Launceston

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 32-32A High Street

  • 32 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 33764 1 6600066

Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston, Tasmania 7250

Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston
Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston
Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston
Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston

  • 32A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 29693 1 6600074

Corner Store: 32A High Street East Launceston

  • Architect: Harold Masters (?); Date: 1908; Builder: J. & T. Gunn
  • A two storey Federation style brick corner shop built by J. &T. Gunns.
  • It is an exceptionally fine and rare example of Federation details applied to a traditional 19th Century building type.
  • Of particular interest is the first floor corner balcony.
  • Sold Date: Fri 11-May-12; listing
  • Launceston Register Of Twentieth Century Architecture

 

32a High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250
32a High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250

 

32a High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250
32a High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250

 

High Street Group 35-51 High Street Launceston

The second block of High Street on top of the ridge is National Heritage listed:

  • 35-51 High Street, East Launceston. East side of High Street between Adelaide and Arthur Streets.
  • A unified yet diverse group of late Georgian and early Victorian houses.
  • The group, located on the east side of High Street, is quite unified in character but contains a range of styles including Queen Anne and Victorian Italianate.
  • Most are larger houses with front gardens and as a group produce a memorable streetscape.
High Street Group
High Street Group
High Street Group
High Street Group
High Street Group
High Street Group
High Street Group, on left: Hatherley 43 HIGH ST EAST LAUNCESTON THR ID #4371
High Street Group, on left: Hatherley 43 HIGH ST EAST LAUNCESTON THR ID #4371

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 35-40 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 35 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 51176 1 6599640
  • 36 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 25540 3 6600090
  • 36 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 221709 2 6600090
  • 37 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 105814 1 6599632
  • 39 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 15975 1 6599624
  • 40 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 91556 1 6600103
    40-42 High Street East Launceston
    40-42 High Street East Launceston

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 41-52 High St

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 41 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 28149 1 7341289
  • 43 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 231347 1 6599595

Hatherley House 43 High Street East Launceston Tas 7250

  • Sold for $1,910.000 Sat 19-Mar-11 – Listing
  • Hatherley House is a grand mansion listed on the National Estate Register
  • “Unusual large townhouse from the transitional Georgian-Victorian period, the building was constructed in the period 1870-1880.
  • It has a particularly fine eastern facade with verandahs and is an important townscape element in High Street.”
Hatherley House
Hatherley House
Hatherley House
Hatherley House

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Hatherley House is a true Tasmanian devil, writes Aimee Leabon

JACK AND REBECCA BIRRELL
JACK AND REBECCA BIRRELL

“One could, in all fairness, be forgiven for assuming Hatherley House to be a bit musty.

  • You know… a place of winding staircases, secret passageways and draughty halls; of small rooms and creaky floorboards. It is, after all, “an 1830’s grand mansion listed on the National Estate Register”, according to the website. Moreover it’s in Launceston…”
  • “There has been a bit of local buzz surrounding Hatherley House, he tells me, thanks to the extensive renovations undertaken by local architects Jack and Rebecca Birrell. The husband-and-wife team reopened the mansion just last year, after a 12-month restoration period which saw the house go from nine rooms to just two, and business has been good ever since.
  • Not that its exterior gives much away. A tall box hedge and a black, wrought iron fence surround the perimeter, completely concealing the house from the road. I pull into the gated driveway”[4]

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 44-49B High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 44 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 199499 1 6600138
  • 45 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 21377 8 6599587
  • 45 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 6599587
  • 47 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 58390 0
  • 48 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 45401 1 2839766
  • 49 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 100314 2 6599499
  • 49A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 21377 5 7163718
  • 49B High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 100314 1 1481109

St Georges Square, East Launceston

6/7 St Georges Square LAUNCESTON
6/7 St Georges Square LAUNCESTON
Map of St Georges Square, East Launceston TAS 7250
Map of St Georges Square, East Launceston TAS 7250

This photo of Highbury Apartments is courtesy of TripAdvisor
  • 52 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 233522 1 6600170

The Gables, 52 High St, East Launceston

Streetview, The Gables 52 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4378
Streetview, The Gables 52 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4378
The Gables 52 High St, East Launceston
The Gables 52 High St, East Launceston
The Gables 52 High St, East Launceston
The Gables 52 High St, East Launceston
  • A good example of a late Victorian Gothic Revival house built in the 1880’s.
  • Features of the house include decorative barges to many gables with finials, slate roofs, Oriel window and verandah complemented by small timber and brick outbuildings.
  • A large two storey late Victorian Gothic house in stuccoed brick, it has steep pitched gable roofs with finials and elaborate barge boards. It has secondary cross gables in the main facade over casement windows and oriel window at southern end.
  • There is a ground floor verandah with slate roof and gable over main entrance.
  • All windows have label moulds over, and there is a ground floor bay window in the southern end.
  • There are two large outbuildings in keeping with the house, with Gothic features and decorated barge boards.

Streetview 53 High Street East Launceston
Streetview 53 High Street East Launceston

 

53 High Street East Launceston
53 High Street East Launceston

 

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 54 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 144775 1 2672193
  • 55 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 91558 2 6599464
55 High Street East Launceston
55 High Street East Launceston

 

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 57 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 247015 1 6599456
  • 59 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 131051 1 6599448
  • 60 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 22572 2 6600218
60 High Street East Launceston
60 High Street East Launceston

 

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 61 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 14586 5 6599421
  • 63 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 242008 1 6599413
  • 65 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 58823 0

 

View to 4 Elsmere Street East Launceston
View to 4 Elsmere Street East Launceston
4 Elsmere Street Launceston near cnr High and Elsmere Streets THR ID #4183
4 Elsmere Street Launceston near cnr High and Elsmere Streets THR ID #4183

 

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 69 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 118510 1 6599341
  • 76 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 226709 1 6600357
76 High Street, Launceston, not on THR
76 High Street, Launceston, not on THR
76 High Street East Launceston
76 High Street East Launceston

 

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 78-94 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 78 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 55754 1 6600365
  • 80 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 60289 1 6600373
  • 81 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 222761 1 6599296
  • 84 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 126099 2 6600402
  • 86 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 229949 1 6600410
  • 89 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 45052 1 6599288
  • 90 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 30743 1 6600437
  • 91 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 26132 1 6599261
  • 92 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 27966 1 6600445
  • 93 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 23341 1 6599253
  • 94 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 46217 1 6600453

95 High Street East Launceston

95 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 60/9052 6599245

  • Architect: Builder: Richards & Nichols Date: 1916 (Register Of Twentieth Century Architecture)
  • Description: An excellent example of a smaller scale Federation style house.
  • The traditional plan has been embellished by sensitive individually detailed elements in the verandah, roof and projecting gable.
  • Federation Bungalow style
  • 95 High St, Launceston, TAS, 7250; THR ID #4381
    95 High St, Launceston, TAS, 7250; THR ID #4381
  • 97 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 124734 1 6599237
95-97 High St, Launceston, TAS, 7250
95-97 High St, Launceston, TAS, 7250
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97 High Street East Launceston
97 High Street East Launceston
97 High Street East Launceston
97 High Street East Launceston
97 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4382
97 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4382

 


99 High Street East Launceston
99 High Street East Launceston
  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 102 High Street NEWSTEAD State Local 107546 1 6600525
  • 103 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 48093 1 6599210
  • 111 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 131832 1 6599165
  • 115 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 43/2016 6599149
101 High Street East Launceston
101 High Street East Launceston
115 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4384
115 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4384

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 117-123 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 117 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 92399 4 6599130
  • 119 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 92399 3 6599122
  • 121 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 221262 2 6599114
  • 123 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 79608 1 6599106

123 High Street East Launceston Tas 7250

123 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON
123 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON

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123 High Street East Launceston
123 High Street East Launceston

 

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 127 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 104057 1 6599085
  • 129 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 248430 1 6599077

 

129 High Street East Launceston Tas 7250

129 High Street East Launceston
129 High Street East Launceston

 

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 131-151 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 131 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 62615 2 6599069

 

131 High Street East Launceston

  • Architect: Frank Heyward; Date: 1932; Builder: J. &T. Gunn.
  • A two storey rendered gabled roofed residence with corners elaborated with brick quoins, and gutters returned to form quasi capitals.
  • The main gabled facade is symmetrical with repeating semi-circular arched motif.
  • All windows have multi-paned sashes. (Register Of Twentieth Century Architecture)Federation Arts and Crafts style
    Streeetview 131-133 High Street East Launceston
    Streeetview 131-133 High Street East Launceston
  • No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 133 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 61875 2 6599050
  • 139 High Street NEWSTEAD State 224302 1 6599034
  • 141 High Street NEWSTEAD State 226430 1 6599026
  • 143 High Street NEWSTEAD State 75824 1 6599018
  • 145 High Street NEWSTEAD State 225457 1 6598998
  • 147 High Street NEWSTEAD State 199156 1 6598971
  • 149 High Street NEWSTEAD State 200520 1 6598963
  • 151 High Street NEWSTEAD State 248895 1 6598955

151 High Street, Newstead

Allanbie 151 High Street Newstead
Allanbie 151 High Street Newstead
Allanbie 151 High Street Newstead
Allanbie 151 High Street Newstead

 

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 153-165 High Street

  • No. Street Suburb THC – State; LCC – Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 153 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 3 6598947
  • 155 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 4 6598939
  • 157 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 5 6598920
  • 159 High Street NEWSTEAD State 220213 6 6598912
  • 161 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 7 6598904
  • 163 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 8 6598891
  • 165 High Street NEWSTEAD State 103009 1 6598883
157-159 High Street East Launceston
157-159 High Street East Launceston

 

159-161 High Street Newstead, Launceston
159-161 High Street Newstead, Launceston

 



  1. ^ http://house.ksou.cn/p.php?q=Newstead&sta=tas&id=7038&address=151+High+Street%2C+Newstead
  2. ^ http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/tasmania/launceston
  3. ^ Launceston REGISTER OF TWENTIETH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE
  4. ^ http://www.australiantraveller.com/launceston/hatherley-house-review/

Launceston Federation Houses

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Founded in 1806, Launceston is the nation’s third-oldest city with a fascinating history traced in its beautiful old buildings and streetscapes dating from early Colonial and convict times to Georgian,Victorian and Federation eras. These beautiful buildings are kept alive with business and social activity and careful development control.

The Northern Tasmanian mineral discoveries of the 1870’s, and their subsequent exploitation by predominantly local companies, had, within a decade, noticeably affected the building industry in Launceston.

  • The discoveries were of tin at Mount Bischoff and gold at Beaconsfield: Mt Bischoff, one of the world’s richest deposits of tin, was discovered in 1871; the Beaconsfield gold mine that opened in 1877 produced 26,500 kg of gold until closure in 1914; and
    Australia’s largest copper mine at Mount Lyell, combined with the zinc, silver and lead mine at Zeehan, all contributed to making Launceston one of Australia’s richest cities.[1]
  • The resulting financial boom aided migration and supported the birth of other industries, Waverley Woollen Mills and Salisbury Foundry for example.
  • The Launceston population grew from 10,000 in 1870 to almost 18,000 in 1891, or 22, 000 if the suburbs are included.
  • Launceston had become Tasmania’s commercial capital, home to most of the new mining companies, and a port now handling more exports than Hobart.[2]
Hillcrest, 29 High Street, Launceston, Tasmania 7250 Tas Heritage Register #4363More below
Hillcrest, 29 High Street, Launceston, Tasmania 7250 Tas Heritage Register #4363More below

Launceston’s Federation suburbs mushroomed after the mineral boom of the 1880s and to a large extent remain intact today.

Launceston Architecture

From the 1890s, buildings in the ‘Queen Anne’ fashion acquired Art Nouveau features.

Former Chabad House 5 Brisbane Street Launceston TAS, showing 'Blood and Bandages' effect of red brickwork and white stucco bands. Not on TasH Register
Former Chabad House 5 Brisbane Street Launceston TAS, showing ‘Blood and Bandages’ effect of red brickwork and white stucco bands. Not on TasH Register
  • These styles, now termed ‘Federation’, were characterised by free planning, tuck-pointed brickwork, stucco banding, leadlight windows, and roofs covered with Marseilles tiles, although cheaper examples might be of painted timber, with corrugated iron roofs.
  • Elaborate woodwork was often used in place of imported Victorian and Edwardian cast iron ‘lace’.
Ornate timber detail and cast iron decoration at 34 Albion Street Invermay, Launceston
Ornate timber detail and cast iron decoration at 34 Albion Street Invermay, Launceston

In the twentieth century, the traditional qualities of small scale, economy, and attention to detail continued, although detailing was sometimes inconsistent but rarely without interest.

  • (Tasmanian) architects continued to be aware of the latest ideas through travel and study abroad and the ever-increasing flow of overseas publications.
  • Direct contact with such sources was preferred to the filtering of such influences through Sydney and Melbourne.
  • In Launceston, Alexander North brought extensive London training in art and architecture on his arrival in 1884, and applied Gothic principles with much imagination. [3]
Launceston Post Office 68-72 Cameron St. Launceston, 1889, Federation style attributed to Alexander North; THR 3933
Launceston Post Office 68-72 Cameron St. Launceston, 1889, Federation style attributed to Alexander North; THR 3933
Vermont, 16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston, designed by Alexander North.
Vermont, 16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston, designed by Alexander North.
16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston is in outstanding condition, remains fundamentally untouched with all its original period features still intact
16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston is in outstanding condition, remains fundamentally untouched with all its original period features still intact
Art Nouveau leadlight at Vermont, 16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston
Art Nouveau leadlight at Vermont, 16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston
16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston shows Alexander North in an inventive mood
16 Adelaide Street, East Launceston shows Alexander North in an inventive mood

Vermont, 16 Adelaide Street East Launceston, designed by Alexander North, sold for $650,000 on Wed 19-Feb-14;listingTasmanian Heritage Register ID #3711


Federation Arts and Crafts home at 4 Elsmere Street East Launceston; THR ID #4183
Federation Arts and Crafts home at 4 Elsmere Street East Launceston; THR ID #4183

In Elphin Road, East Launceston, the spacious allotments and wealthy inhabitants nurtured the architectural exuberance of the Federation style. The two architects whose work dominate this Elphin Road area are J. Martyn Haenke and Thomas Searell.

Architect J. Martyn Haenke

  • Haenke (originally from Toowoomba, Queensland) was designing buildings in Launceston between June 1904 and May 1906.
  • Haenke managed to integrate elements of the Arts and Crafts Movement and bold Art Nouveau forms with the use of timber work, brick and tile common with his contemporaries.
  • Some time in 1905 he left for the mainland and then to California, where he became an architect of note.

Haenke designed three important Launceston private houses during his time with Gunns:

1. The Harrap house

  • At a cost of £1,784 of 13 rooms with 12 foot ceilings on the corner of Wellman and Elizabeth Streets, commenced 4 July 1903 and completed April 1904, survives virtually intact and untouched as evidenced by the photographs, even down to its original light fittings with their shades. [4]
Egremont 20 Welman Street, Launceston TAS. designed for the Harrap family (Ada, May, and brother George) by J Martyn Haenke; now operating as Egremont Bed And Breakfast; THR #4696
Egremont 20 Welman Street, Launceston TAS. designed for the Harrap family (Ada, May, and brother George) by J Martyn Haenke; now operating as Egremont Bed And Breakfast; THR #4696

 

  • [J Martyn] Haenke’s two-storied red-brick villas:
  • Egremont‘, 20 Welman Street (1903-4) and the ‘Manor House‘, 36 Lyttleton Street (1905),
  • combine picturesque massing, half-timbered gables, elaborate timber verandahs and ‘living halls’, together with Art Nouveau interior details in timber, plaster, leaded glass and repoussee metal-work.’ (Neale in Goad & Willis (2012, p. 308)’; See portrait of GE Harrap in Tasmanian Mail, 4 September 1909 p.23.
Harrap house, staircase and entrance
Harrap house, staircase and entrance
Harrap House, dining room fireplace detail
Harrap House, dining room fireplace detail
Harrap house staircase ceiling
Harrap house staircase ceiling
Manor house fireplace, Harrap house two fireplaces
Manor house fireplace, Harrap house two fireplaces

 

2. The Bruce house: 15 York Street, Launceston

  • was constructed in 1904 at a cost of £1,492.25, 26 Outside contractors were used: Blackaby a former employee and Thomas Partridge were the bricklayers, but the plumbing, joinery, painting and electrical work were in-house.
  • Property known as ‘Craigwan’.
    QVMAG hold a drawing for a proposed residence to be built at 15 York Street designed & to be built by J & T Gunn for David Bruce dated 10 June 1904 (LCC:1991:AD:660). Haenke was likely the architect, check original drawing to confirm.
Bruce House 15 York Street Launceston (obscured) Streetview
Bruce House 15 York Street Launceston (obscured) Streetview
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3. Manor House, 36 Lyttleton Street East Launceston

Manor House, drawing room cornice
Manor House, drawing room cornice

 

  • previously known as ‘Victoria League House’
  • Perrin’s ‘Manor House’ in Lyttleton Street preceded Haenke’s downfall. It was contracted at £1,600[5]
  • This building is used as an example of Federation Queen Anne architecture in:
    Apperly, Irving & Reynolds 1994:
    A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture: Styles and Terms from 1788 to the present,
    Angus and Robertson p.134.
36 Lyttleton Street East Launceston Tasmania; heritage named 'Victoria League House' built in 1905 by J. & T. Gunn and then known as ‘The Manor House’, the private residence of Cyril Perrin, a leading Launceston businessman. THR ID #4445
36 Lyttleton Street East Launceston Tasmania; heritage named ‘Victoria League House’ built in 1905 by J. & T. Gunn and then known as ‘The Manor House’, the private residence of Cyril Perrin, a leading Launceston businessman. THR ID #4445
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Balcony, 36 Lyttleton Street, East Launceston
Balcony, 36 Lyttleton Street, East Launceston
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Rathgael, 8 Rupert Street, East Launceston, Streetview
Rathgael, 8 Rupert Street, East Launceston, Streetview

 

4. Rathgael, 8 Rupert Street, East Launceston

  • Architect: J. Martyn Haenke; Date: 1906; Builder: Hinman & Wright
  • Description: A single storey face brick and cement rendered Federation style residence with Marseilles pattern tiled roof of hips and gables. The significant feature is the central parapetted entry with the asymmetrical bow and bay projections on either side.

Architect Thomas Searell

  • arrived in Launceston about 1903.
  • Between his arrival in Launceston and the First World War, Searell was responsible for at least seven of the residences in Elphin Road, including ‘Kilmarnock’ for John Ingles in 1903 and ‘Lemana’ for Mrs M.A. Tyson in 1906,
    Kilmarnock House, 66 Elphin Road, Launceston, Tasmania
    Kilmarnock House, 66 Elphin Road, Launceston, Tasmania

‘Kilmarnock’, 66 Elphin Road, Newstead

In 1903 Searell was designing Kilmarnock for John Ingles, the only two storey building in the group; Its situation on the high side of the road reinforces the dramatic sweep of the design of this imposing building.[6]

Kilmarnock House 66 Elphin Street East Launceston. THR ID #4178
Kilmarnock House 66 Elphin Street East Launceston. THR ID #4178
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Leadlight Entrance in Art Nouveau style
Leadlight Entrance in Art Nouveau style
Bay window with leadlight above at 55 Elphin Road, Newstead
Bay window with leadlight above at 55 Elphin Road, Newstead

Kilmarnock House was built in 1905 as a townhouse for John Ingles, a well-known Launceston merchant. The completed cost, as charged by J & T Gunn, was a moderate 1588 pounds, 15 shillings and threepence. Last offered for sale over 33 years ago, this beautiful home was sold for $930,000 on Tue 23-Dec-2014. – Listing; Registered on the National Estate. Operated as a 4-star hotel.
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Hillcrest, 29 High Street East Launceston

Hillcrest, 29 High Street, Launceston, Tasmania, design attributed to Thomas Searell; THR ID #4363
Hillcrest, 29 High Street, Launceston, Tasmania, design attributed to Thomas Searell; THR ID #4363
  • Architect: also attributed to Thomas Tandy (Register of Twentieth Century Architecture in Launceston)
    Date: 1912; Builder: Hinman, Wright & Manser
  • Description: One of Launceston’s most dominant Grand Federation houses, it was the original home of Wright of Hinman, Wright & Manser, builders. The house’s compact two storey gable roofed form is extended by two upper storey balconies (the northern side being a particularly fine example of timber fretwork design) and also by a turret roofed bay window projecting from the drawing room.
  • A large two storey brick and stucco Federation style house. It has the full range of features typical of this style :- tiled roof with ridge decoration, elaborate corbelled chimneys, gable roofs with half timbered, bracketed ends, decorative timber bawstrrades, a corner bay window with a turret roof, leadlight windows and tiled entrance porch, it has a fine leadlight front door with keyhole shaped side windows and transom light. The front fence and gate are also intact.

Lemana, 72 Elphin Rd, East Launceston

Lemana, 72 Elphin Rd, East Launceston
Lemana, 72 Elphin Rd, East Launceston
  • (Scotch Oakburn College) National Heritage Registered. Tasmanian State Heritage Registered
  • Architect: Thomas Searell Date: 1906; Builder: Hinman, Wright & Manser
  • Description: Launceston’s grandest Federation house, a large single storey (with second storey room in tower) brick residence, with a central hipped tiled roof and gabled projecting bays, each different. The corner turns on an onion domed turret and the tower has a vaguely Second Empire roof. Magnificent domed central section of hallway.external image Lemana.jpg
Lemana, 74 Elphin Rd, East Launceston (Scotch Oakburn College)
Lemana, 74 Elphin Rd, East Launceston (Scotch Oakburn College)

 

Lemana, 72 Elphin Rd, East Launceston
Lemana, 72 Elphin Rd, East Launceston

This is a single Storey Federation period house, brick with tiled hipped roof, with an octagonal mansard roofed tower above entry and onion dome above circular bay.

  • There is an elaborate timber balustraded verandah enclosing two sides of the house. Inside at the intersection of the corridors there is an octagonal dome with four Italianate niches set into diagonal walls. The centre of the dome being an elegant stained glass dome light.external image Lemana%252520Roof%252520space%252520by%252520Miles%252520Lewis.jpg
  • Lemana is an outstanding example of a Federation style mansion.
  • Important because of the quality of the building, the richness of its forms and details and their intact nature.
  • The excellence of the stained glass work, alone, is worthy of merit. Stables at rear and original cast iron picket fence compliment main house.
  • Condition and Integrity: In spite of being used as class rooms, building is in excellent condition apart from insensitive additions at rear. – Australian Heritage Database id=12404; THR ID #4179
Lemana, 74 Elphin Rd, East Launceston, designed by Thomas Searell
Lemana, 74 Elphin Rd, East Launceston, designed by Thomas Searell
Lemana, 74 Elphin Rd, East Launceston
Lemana, 74 Elphin Rd, East Launceston

Architect Harold Masters

The architect Harold Masters was instrumental in developing much of Launceston’s Federation era architecture.

  • Examples of Masters’ commercial work include The Examiner in Paterson Street, the Mowbray Racecourse Grandstand, and many of the fine domestic residences in Elphin Road and High Street.[7]
    The former Paterson Street site of The Examiner, designed by Howard Masters, 1911
    The former Paterson Street site of The Examiner, designed by Howard Masters, 1911

3 Lime Avenue, East Launceston

3 Lime Avenue Newstead Launceston TAS
3 Lime Avenue Newstead Launceston TAS
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  • Architect: Harold Masters; Date: 1906; Builder: Hinman, Wright & Manser
  • Description: This was the home of Mr Manser of the builders Hinman, Wright and Manser and was the first house built of concrete in Northern Tasmania. – Old listing
3 Lime Avenue,  first concrete structure in Launceston
3 Lime Avenue, first concrete structure in Launceston

Hargate, 191 George St, Launceston

  • A high quality townhouse from the turn of the century exhibiting many of the features from the Federation style vocabulary including terra cotta decoration, corbelled chimneys, half timbered gables, decorative timber bawustrades, corner bay window with turret roof, leadlight windows, oriels and timber fence. The building is intact and is a powerful streetscape element. (Australian Heritage Register)
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Hargate 191 George St, Launceston built by Gunn's builders, design attributed to Howard Masters
Hargate 191 George St, Launceston built by Gunn’s builders, design attributed to Howard Masters
  • An excellent example of a Federation style house with many fascinating details including decorated barges and gable ends, highly decorative timber verandah with fine turned columns and balisters, frieze and bracing, projecting bay windows and extraordinary timber fence.
  • The building is complemented by a good garden and is an essential townscape element. (Register of the National Estate) – Listing
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  • Offers Around $1,100,000 Considered[8]
  • “This outstanding Queen Anne Federation (property) has stood as a grand sentinel watching over the sweeping vista of the valley and a river at one time lined (with) masted ships.”
  • “Hargate has measured the progress of time in a city where heritage is as much loved as its gentle lifestyle and beautiful scenery.”
  • “Painstakingly renovated to ensure its glorious past and future comforts are catered forever!” – Listing

Launceston’s 1880’s Building Boom

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Launceston had excelled itself by being in 1895 (after eight years of deliberation) the first city in Australia to install hydro electricity. While for some years the benefits were seen to be primarily improved lighting and industrial motive power, domestic devices began to filter through.

  • By 1903 the City Electrical Engineer was anticipating the need to extend the capacity of the transformers and the size of the mains to meet the growing popularity of electrical cooking appliances, radiators, boilers and flat irons. (Mayors Valedictory Address. Launceston. 1903).
Westerhall 2 Lime Avenue Newstead, Launceston, corner of Elphin Road, showing complex asymmetrical design
Westerhall 2 Lime Avenue Newstead, Launceston, corner of Elphin Road, showing complex asymmetrical design

Launceston’s houses, particularly of the later period, maintain a strong regional flavour.

  • Timber fretwork enabled the builder to put more of his own individuality into at least the detailing of his work.
  • There is, for instance, a marked difference between houses of this period in Westbury and those in Launceston.
'La Hovel': Queen Anne design in timber with fine decorative timber work at 29 Trevallyn Road Trevallyn, Launceston, overlooking the Tamar river
‘La Hovel’: Queen Anne design in timber with fine decorative timber work at 29 Trevallyn Road Trevallyn, Launceston, overlooking the Tamar river

There are also many more timber buiIdings in this period than might be expected, although there are two explanations for this:

  • There was a growing awareness of the usefulness of Tasmanian timber.
  • In the early 1880s when the building boom first took off, the Examiner noted that the standard of bricks was falling, demand was exceeding supply and with prices between £2/5/0 and £2/10/0 for 1000 bricks onto which often had to be added cartage from Westbury, Longford or Deloraine, builders were refusing contracts in brickwork because they felt they would only lose money on them.[27/4/1882].
Werona 33 Trevallyn Road, Launceston 7250; construction has white stucco bands on red brickwork. THR ID #4653
Werona 33 Trevallyn Road, Launceston 7250; construction has white stucco bands on red brickwork. THR ID #4653
Ornate 'Victorian' interior of Werona, 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Tas 7250
Ornate ‘Victorian’ interior of Werona, 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Tas 7250
Art Nouveau interior at Werona, 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Tas 7250
Art Nouveau interior at Werona, 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Tas 7250

Most bricks used on buildings of the 1890s in Launceston bear the markings of Cornwell’s successors either Jory & Cambell or just Campbell.

  • In 1898 J & T Gunn took over this Glen Dhu brickyard installing new machinery and producing 100,000 bricks daily.
  • These would have been produced primarily for self-consumption, for not only were the Gunns by far the largest building firm in Launceston but they also constructed proportionately more brick buildings.
5 Lime Avenue Newstead, Launceston, showing a complex roof line with ridge work, with stucco-covered walls
5 Lime Avenue Newstead, Launceston, showing a complex roof line with ridge work, with stucco-covered walls

Architects of this period were developing a new sense of space. Houses, instead of being facades with rooms attached to the back, were designed three-dimensionally. Spaces within rooms were experimented with, as was communication between them.

  • Outside, brick and tiles were favoured, and sometimes ornamental shingles.
  • Rooflines were important, and many houses were given ornamental ridge-capping, exaggerated chimneys and asymmetrical projections to make these more pronounced.
  • Many of the buildings in Elphin Road come into this category.
    Complex ridge capping and ornamental chimney designs with asymmetrical gable at 119 Elphin Road Newstead Launceston
    Complex ridge capping and ornamental chimney designs with asymmetrical gable at 119 Elphin Road Newstead Launceston

119 Elphin Road Newstead Launceston

  • Builder: Hinman, Wright & Manser; Date: 1928
    A fine example of a Federation style house. Set low down with respect to the street, with a distinctive gabled roofline with terracotta ridge tiles broken by tall chimneys. Bay projections under the gable ends, and a corner porch with curved arches and brick piers complete the design. (Register of Twentieth Century Architecture in Launceston)
Queen Anne house at 2 North Bank Trevallyn, Launceston; timber construction with decorative barge boards and verandah valance; not on THR
Queen Anne house at 2 North Bank Trevallyn, Launceston; timber construction with decorative barge boards and verandah valance; not on THR
Westerhall 2 Lime Avenue Newstead, Launceston, with much ornamental timberwork and Art Nouveau leadlight glass windows
Westerhall 2 Lime Avenue Newstead, Launceston, with much ornamental timberwork and Art Nouveau leadlight glass windows

House for Mr Wright: 2 Lime Avenue, East Launceston

Architect: Thomas Tandy Date: 1912; Builder: Hinman, Wright & Manser

  • Description: One of Launceston’s finest Federation style houses, built for Wright of Hinman, Wright &Manser (builders).
  • The top storey is within the gabled roof, the windows being projected out as bays under a half infilled gable. Above the main entry is an open balcony with a gabled roofed doorway. (Register of Twentieth Century Architecture in Launceston)

Builders picked up the superficial detailing of the new Federation style but, on the whole, failed to understand the new concepts of space (as, it must be admitted, did many architects).

  • Instead, they continued to work to a Victorian plan, but began to introduce gables, timber-workedbalustrades, valances, brackets and bargeboards, and a variety of new combinations of window.
16 Lyttleton Street East Launceston, a Federation building with a Victorian feel.
16 Lyttleton Street East Launceston, a Federation building with a Victorian feel.

Perhaps the first of these houses was that in Trevallyn noted by “Observer” 1884:
“…Mr Alex Young is erecting a very neat and picturesque cottage of a novel style of architecture known asQueen Anne“.

Trevallyn, Launceston

Queen Anne style house overlooking the Tamar at 3 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Launceston; Launceston Heritage regsitered #4652
Queen Anne style house overlooking the Tamar at 3 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn, Launceston; Launceston Heritage regsitered #4652
View from Trevallyn to Tamar river Launceston TAS
View from Trevallyn to Tamar river Launceston TAS

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33 Bain Tce, Trevallyn, TAS 7250

  • Sold $405,000 15 AUG 2013 Source: Agent
  • Rented $350/week 19 JUL 2012 Source: Online Listing – Agent
  • Sold $368,000 15 JUL 2010 Source: Agent[9]
33 Bain Tce Trevallyn, Launceston
33 Bain Tce Trevallyn, Launceston
33 Bain Tce, Trevallyn, TAS 7250
33 Bain Tce, Trevallyn, TAS 7250
Werona 33 Trevallyn Rd Trevallyn 7250 THR ID #4653
Werona 33 Trevallyn Rd Trevallyn 7250 THR ID #4653
Werona balconies 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn Launceston 7250
Werona balconies 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn Launceston 7250
Werona 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn Launceston TAS 7250
Werona 33 Trevallyn Road, Trevallyn Launceston TAS 7250

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42 Bain Street Trevallyn Launceston
42 Bain Street Trevallyn Launceston
3 Bain Tce Trevallyn Launceston
3 Bain Tce Trevallyn Launceston
3 North Bank Trevallyn Launceston TAS, not on THR
3 North Bank Trevallyn Launceston TAS, not on THR

Invermay

(Population: 3,000) Invermay is becoming a cultural centre for Launceston. It is close to the Launceston CBD and home to the University of Tasmania’s drama school, the museum and art gallery and York Park, which features local and AFL football games. The suburb also offers a variety of shops and a boardwalk which runs through the historic site of Inveresk. The area has many character homes.

Invermay Road Invermay Launceston
Invermay Road Invermay Launceston
337 Invermay Rd Mowbray Launceston TAS
337 Invermay Rd Mowbray Launceston TAS
34 Albion Street Invermay Launceston TAS
34 Albion Street Invermay Launceston TAS
16 Taylor Street Invermay Launceston
16 Taylor Street Invermay Launceston

East Launceston/Elphinwood

A prestigious area close to the Launceston CBD. Incorporates many of the city’s exclusive homes and is known for its quiet leafy streets. Nearby facilities include the Windmill Hill Swimming Pool, shops, doctors and private and public schools.East Launceston History.jpg

6 Abbott St East Launceston, Tas
6 Abbott St East Launceston, Tas
1 Abbott Street East Launceston
1 Abbott Street East Launceston

Elphin and Elphinwood

(Population: 2,250) A prestigious area close to the Launceston CBD. Incorporates many of the city’s exclusive homes and is known for its quiet leafy streets. Nearby facilities include the Windmill Hill Swimming Pool, shops, doctors and private and public schools.

  • See also Launceston, Elphin Road
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Westerhall 2 Lime Avenue Newstead, Launceston THR ID #4432
Westerhall 2 Lime Avenue Newstead, Launceston THR ID #4432
56 Elphin Road East Launceston THR ID #4177
56 Elphin Road East Launceston THR ID #4177

Newstead

(Population: 4,370) One of Launceston’s upmarket areas with many exclusive homes. It is close to the Launceston CBD and nearby facilities include a swimming pool, shops, doctors and private and public schools.

108 Elphin Rd Newstead Launceston; not on THR
108 Elphin Rd Newstead Launceston; not on THR
116 Elphin Rd, Newstead Launceston TAS; not on THR
116 Elphin Rd, Newstead Launceston TAS; not on THR
79 Elphin Rd Newstead, Launceston TAS; not on THR
79 Elphin Rd Newstead, Launceston TAS; not on THR

Mowbray

(Population: 3,250) Ideal for families, university and TAFE students, Mowbray is close to a large modern shopping centre, schools and the University of Tasmania. Located five minutes north of the Launceston CBD this affordable suburb is also home to the local greyhound and racing tracks.

339 Invermay Rd Mowbray Launceston
339 Invermay Rd Mowbray Launceston
337 Invermay Rd Mowbray Launceston TAS
337 Invermay Rd Mowbray Launceston TAS
5 Mowbray Link Mowbray Launceston TAS
5 Mowbray Link Mowbray Launceston TAS

West Launceston

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4 Brougham Street, West Launceston
4 Brougham Street, West Launceston
12 Brougham Street West Launceston TAS
12 Brougham Street West Launceston TAS

Kings Meadows

(Population: 3,750) To the south of Launceston, Kings Meadows is a growing suburb with good facilities including a large shopping centre, supermarkets, cafés, schools, golf course and gym. On convenient local bus routes and only five minutes from Launceston CBD, the suburb offers a mix of older homes on the flat and newer properties, with panoramic views, on the higher side.

57 Hobart Rd Kings Meadows, Launceston, TAS
57 Hobart Rd Kings Meadows, Launceston, TAS
67 Hobart Rd Kings Meadows, Tasmania
67 Hobart Rd Kings Meadows, Tasmania
55 Hobart Rd Kings Meadows, Launceston, Tasmania
55 Hobart Rd Kings Meadows, Launceston, Tasmania

  1. ^ http://www.jbhawkinsantiques.com/uploads/articles/HaenkeArticlepdf5Oct_000.pdf
  2. ^ URBANISATION, essay by Graeme Davison, 2006, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies
  3. ^ http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/A/Architecture.htm
  4. ^ http://www.jbhawkinsantiques.com/uploads/articles/HaenkeArticlepdf5Oct_000.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.jbhawkinsantiques.com/uploads/articles/HaenkeArticlepdf5Oct_000.pdf
  6. ^
    Morris-Nunn, Robert and Morris-Nunn, Miranda. ‘Pure air and lovely aspect’: Federation architecture in Launceston’s suburbs. -Paper presented at the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, General Meeting, October 1983- [online]

    • search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=840807389;res=IELAPA
  7. ^ http://www.heritage.tas.gov.au/showItem.php?id=3330
  8. ^ http://www.onthehouse.com.au/5925714/33_bain_tce_trevallyn_tas_7250