Saturday, November 29, 2014

Federation Beauties

Four of the finest Federation properties available now

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It must be Christmas! Here are four of the most wonderful NSW examples of Federation style on the market, three of them with elaborate Art Nouveau decoration.
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Colinroobie,1 Clydesdale Place
Pymble NSW
"Magnificent Queen Anne Style"
Brenchley,
56 Treatts Road
Lindfield NSW 2070
"Federation Perfection"
The Escape,
4 Terralong Street,
Kiama NSW 2533
"Kiama Harbour Cottage"
Ballernoo,
26 Wattle Street
Killara NSW 2071
"Your new dream home"

1. Colinroobie, 1 Clydesdale Place Pymble NSW

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  • A Magnificent Queen Anne Style Family Residence
"One of the North Shore's most exquisite examples of Queen Anne Federation architecture, 'Colinroobie' (1901) is a double brick residence of grand proportions, immaculately maintained throughout to retain an ambience of historic charm."
  • This level of beautiful Art Nouveau decoration is rare in Sydney, and its elaboration is exquisite. This is a beautifully decorated house for the period. For example, the wonderful Art Nouveau gable decoration above left , with Romanesque arches to contrast, and the picturesque appearance overall. The shingle decoration on the right was quite avant-garde for the time.
  • In particular, there are no Gothic elements in the window panes or roof design, a deliberate break from earlier English influences.
  • Also the bay windows are topped by slate tiles, while the roof has Marseilles tiling.






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  • Circa 1901 Queen Anne Federation-style mansion 'Colinroobie': this spectacular property is in fantastic condition and it is considered one of the finest examples on the north shore. 
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  • Grand rooms amble over two large floors, there is a wine cellar in the basement and a pool and gazebo in the huge grounds. The opulent features and detailing make this house a must-see for the decadent entertainer. It's located 600 metres from Pymble station and it has a circular driveway too. 
    The Art Nouveau fireplace is both wonderful and quite rare, as is the design of the bay window.
    The Art Nouveau fireplace is both wonderful and quite rare, as is the design of the bay window.
  • Soaring ceilings and superb period detailing throughout
    The leadlight glass is totally Art Nouveau, with no gothic-style coloured glass panes above the transoms.
    The leadlight glass is totally Art Nouveau, with no gothic-style coloured glass panes above the transoms.

    The original ornate ceilings and light shade are still in place.
    The original ornate ceilings and light shade are still in place.
  • All living areas & kitchen flow to a spectacular rear verandah 
    The upper floor shows many Art Nouveau style brackets and ornamentation. The chimneys are unusual, not having the usual chimney pots.
    The upper floor shows many Art Nouveau style brackets and ornamentation. The chimneys are unusual, not having the usual chimney pots.
  • Verandah overlooks a swimming pool, sundeck and gazebo 
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  • Vast family room with an inglenook and elaborate fireplace
    Behold, the inglenook with fireplace. Inglenooks are designed with a lower arch to retain heat by the fireplace and create a comfortable conversation area in colder weather.
    Behold, the inglenook with fireplace. Inglenooks are designed with a lower arch to retain heat by the fireplace and create a comfortable conversation area in colder weather.
  • Separate formal lounge & dining rooms, home office & study
    The ornamented door frames are very Edwardian, and unusual in a 1901 built home. And yes, another inglenook with fireplace in Art Nouveau style. Quite rare!
    The ornamented door frames are very Edwardian, and unusual in a 1901 built home. And yes, another inglenook with fireplace in Art Nouveau style. Quite rare!
  • Entertainers' granite kitchen with European gas appliances 
    Don't you love the elaborate Art Nouveau leadlight windows? The flowers have the appearance of being contained in a flower bowl.
    Don't you love the elaborate Art Nouveau leadlight windows? The flowers have the appearance of being contained in a flower bowl.
  • Luxuriously large, private master wing with opulent ensuite
    The ornate ceilings, picture rails, high skirting boards and bay window are exemplary of Federation Queen Anne style. The closets are also ornamental in a flowing Art Nouveau design, very unusual to have built-in wardrobes, let alone designed with such beautiful decorative style.
    The ornate ceilings, picture rails, high skirting boards and bay window are exemplary of Federation Queen Anne style. The closets are also ornamental in a flowing Art Nouveau design, very unusual to have built-in wardrobes, let alone designed with such beautiful decorative style.

    Another beautiful Federation bathroom, complete with marble wash stand and period tap ware. What a beautiful frieze and exquisite shower nook.
    Another beautiful Federation bathroom, complete with marble wash stand and period tap ware. What a beautiful frieze and exquisite shower nook.
  • Internal access to lock up garage and cellar, circular driveway, secure gates
  • Ducted gas heating, air-conditioning, fireplaces, upper level district views

2. Brenchley, 56 Treatts Road Lindfield NSW 2070

'Brenchley': Quintessential North Shore Estate. 
A significant 1907 federation home of outstanding scale and beauty providing first class family living on a magnificent 1,941sqm.
Federation perfection
In Lindfield the Federation home of Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Shaun McGushin and his wife Pauline is up for expressions of interest of more than $4.85 million.
  • Built in 1907 and on 1941 square metres, Brenchley last traded in 1992 for $875,000.
  • Since then the McGushins have renovated the five-bedroom home, with a redesign by the late architect Hugh Fraser and a beautifully landscaped garden by Peter Fudge.
  • Spread over two levels it has formal and informal living areas, a study, teen retreat and a swimming pool. The Treatts Road property is listed with Pamela McCulloch, of Belle Property Killara.[1]
  • The listing
    This federation bungalow has Art Nouveau inspired archways in the verandah.
    This federation bungalow has Art Nouveau inspired archways in the verandah.
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"Beautiful 'Brenchley' is a significant 1907 federation home of outstanding scale and beauty providing first class family living on a magnificent 1,941sqm.
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  • Surrounded in glorious Peter Fudge designed gardens, it strikes a perfect balance between classic and contemporary.
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  • Comprehensively updated and extended under the guidance of acclaimed architect Hugh Fraser, the extension superbly complements the original home, being designed with creative flair and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Surrounded by spectacular properties in a premium blue ribbon location 'Brenchley' falls within the Killara High catchment close to the rail, bus and parks
Accommodation - 'Brenchley's traditional features have been cleverly enhanced, extending its already impressive proportions and period charm.
All of the original Federation features have been kept, such as ornate ceilings, beautiful timber fireplace, picture rails, 'port-hole' leadlight window, and leadlight 'Art Nouveau' style transom lights above the main windows.
All of the original Federation features have been kept, such as ornate ceilings, beautiful timber fireplace, picture rails, 'port-hole' leadlight window, and leadlight 'Art Nouveau' style transom lights above the main windows.
  • A wide entry hall flows to the elegant formal living and dining rooms, casual dining and living areas and striking family focused entertainer's kitchen - the heart of this home.external image 20116168818pio21174914.jpg
    The deluxe kitchen which also features a large Carrera Marble island dining bench and range of Miele appliances.
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    Beautifully appointed marble bathrooms and Original Kauri Timber floors, soaring decorative ceilings and original fireplaces.
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3. The Escape, 4 Terralong Street, Kiama

A retro cottage in Kiama

November 29, 2014 - 2:19PM by Danny Corvini
4 Terralong Street, Kiama.
4 Terralong Street, Kiama.
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The Kiama Harbour Cottage! $750,000 plus

OFFERS PRIOR WELCOMED
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The listing
Positioned at the easterly end of Kiama's main street, this circa 1890 cottage is the closest house to the town's famous blowhole and it has an unrivalled northern outlook over the boat harbour.
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  • It has original ornate ceilings, stained-glass windows and timber floorboards; and in a unique twist, several of its doors and windows were taken from a pub that burnt down 50 years ago.
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  • The current owner recently renovated the bathroom and repainted the original claw foot bath.external image 4%2520Terralong%2520Street%2520Kiama%2520image6.jpg
  • Currently zoned 2B for business use, the cottage would make an ideal home or a cool, retro-style holiday rental.
  • Terry Dawson, Ray White Kiama, 0414 898 237
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This is truly one special home. Situated opposite Kiama Harbour & Storm Bay this unique cottage will appeal on so many levels.
  • The moment you walk through the front doors, you are immersed in Kiama’s history. Circa 1880, this cottage will easily impress with its high ornate ceilings, original floorboards, stained glass windows, original claw foot bath and uninterrupted views that can be taken in from the living area.
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  • An additional storey would ensure one of the best views in Kiama encompassing not only Storm Bay and Kiama Harbour but also the iconic Kiama Lighthouse.
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This famous cottage can be used for so many purposes. Either live in on a full time basis, use it as your weekend escape or be the savvy investor and holiday let to earn some serious returns. Currently zoned B2 for business use.

4. Ballernoo, 26 Wattle Street Killara NSW 2071

The elegant estate, Ballernoo, spans more than 4000sqm and is on two titles. Source: Supplied
The elegant estate, Ballernoo, spans more than 4000sqm and is on two titles. Source: Supplied

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'Sydney's 'Ballernoo' is your new dream home'






"A SPRAWLING nine-bedroom mansion in Killara is set to become the most ­expensive property on the upper north shore.
The Federation house at 26 Wattle St is known as “Ballernoo” and spans across more than 4000sq m on two titles."
  • “This property will set a new benchmark for the prestige property market on the upper north shore,’’ selling agent, Glenn Curran from Curran Property, said.
  • “While previous sales have achieved the $11 million-plus range, those offerings have required significant additional capital expenditure to modernise and renovate them to even come close to this property’s standard.”
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  • The current highest-selling residential property is 27-29 Chilton Pde, Warrawee, which set a record when it sold in 2010 for $11.5 million, ­according to CoreLogic RP Data.
  • While the agent has ­remained tight-lipped about the exact price guide, he said he expected the property to exceed the current record.

The property is expected to surpass the current upper north shore record of $11.5 million.This is a classic Federation garden with specimin trees and box hedging.Source: Supplied
The property is expected to surpass the current upper north shore record of $11.5 million.This is a classic Federation garden with specimin trees and box hedging.Source: Supplied
"Unequivocally one of Sydney's finest landholdings, 'Ballernoo' is the quintessential prestige estate, set on 4,050m2 across two titles and creating a new benchmark for North Shore luxury living."
  • "An architectural masterpiece, this 1906 full brick Federation mansion comprises 9 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, meticulously restored and transformed for contemporary family living with prestige details including inlaid pattern parquetry flooring, gold leafed ornate ceilings, leadlighting, fireplaces, domed skylight, and hand-carved timber staircase and joinery."

The property has been meticulously renovated for modern living.The ornate cornices show a more Victorian era influence.Source: Supplied
The property has been meticulously renovated for modern living.The ornate cornices show a more Victorian era influence.Source: Supplied
Steeped in history, this north facing home is graced with revived classic details, bespoke finishes and state of the art technology, taking pride of place on an exclusive, tree-lined street just footsteps to Killara Oval, Killara Station, and the North Shore's most exclusive schools.
A view of the swimming pool, tennis court and golf driving range from the cabana.The style is Federation Queen Anne, but with no gothic features.
A view of the swimming pool, tennis court and golf driving range from the cabana.The style is Federation Queen Anne, but with no gothic features.
At the heart of the home, the vast north-facing family entertaining space encompasses a fully integrated statuario marble Miele gas kitchen and professional cool room for effortless large-scaled entertaining, while 'smart home' automation seamlessly controls audio, lights, security, TV, air-conditioning and pool heating.

Elaborate lawns and manicured gardens frame the property.
Elaborate lawns and manicured gardens frame the property.
  • Some of Ballernoo’s luxury features include a golf driving area, tennis court, mosaic-tiled pool and spa, poolside cabana, guest cottage and sculpted gardens inspired by Versailles.
  • There is also plenty of room for a large family with nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an undercover dance floor, gym and home theatre spread over 1000sq m of ­internal space.
  • “The upper north shore market and Killara in particular has performed well this year,” Mr Curran said.
A sweeping driveway makes an impressive entrance into Ballernoo.
A sweeping driveway makes an impressive entrance into Ballernoo.
An aerial shot of the property showing the sheer size of the estate. The 'massed' rows of windows are a feature of Arts and Crafts style.
An aerial shot of the property showing the sheer size of the estate. The 'massed' rows of windows are a feature of Arts and Crafts style.
  • Killara is the upper north shore’s fifth most expensive suburb, with a median house price of $1.9 million.
  • Ballernoo is open to ­expressions of interest. For more information, contact Curran Property.

  1. ^ http://smh.domain.com.au/real-estate-news/uni-chancellor-sells-darling-point-mansion-20141126-11u59o.html

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bridgetown Federation Heritage

Bridgetown W.A.

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Bridgetown is a picturesque timber town nestled among rolling hills in the South West region of Western Australia, approximately 270 kilometres (168 mi) south of Perth on the Blackwood River at the intersection of South Western Highway with Brockman Highway to Nannup and Augusta.
  • Population 2321[1]
  • Bridgetown is on the banks of the Blackwood River and crossing the river, Bridgetown boasts the longest wooden bridge in the state, made of the area's famous jarrah.
  • Bridgetown lies mainly north of the Blackwood River‚ 94 kilometres south-east of Bunbury‚ in the heart of the South West’s big timber country.
  • A temperate climate and high rainfall produce the lush forests‚ rich farmland‚ pine plantations and wildflowers that attract many artists and photographers to the region.
  • Centre of the Festival of Country Gardens. Follow the Festival on theirFacebook Page
Bridgetown panorama
Bridgetown panorama

Bridgetown Attractions
Bridgetown Attractions
Flowers and birds found near Bridgetown W.A.
Flowers and birds found near Bridgetown W.A.

Oak Tree Barn Bridgetown Panorama
Oak Tree Barn Bridgetown Panorama
Bridgetown Oak Tree Barn Luxury Retreat
Bridgetown Oak Tree Barn Luxury Retreat

One of the most picturesque towns in Western Australia, Bridgetown sits against a backdrop of the beautiful Blackwood River Valley and oozes old world country charm. It also serves a taste of the good life in generous portions, with wineries, delicious fresh produce, arts, crafts and stunningly scenic drives.
  • You can escape the city to this quiet country life in under three hours by road and wake up to valleys filled with morning mist and tranquil forests.
  • The centre of a thriving timber, mining and farming district, Bridgetown is a prolific producer of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and olives, not to mention wine and cider.
  • You can indulge in some of its flavours in the region's cafes, restaurants and cellar doors and cidery.
Bridgetown Parks & Tracks
Bridgetown Parks & Tracks
Bridgetown Accomodation
Bridgetown Accomodation
Bridgetown Events
Bridgetown Events
Things to see and do in Bridgetown
Things to see and do in Bridgetown
Many artists are drawn to the area, finding their inspiration in the Blackwood River Valley landscapes and exhibiting their work in local galleries.
  • Action and adventure are in abundance too, with a network of canoeing/kayaking, walking, mountain biking and bridle trails to choose from.
  • The town also hosts many events, including the ever-popular Blues at Bridgetown Festival, attracting world-class musicians and large crowds to the region every November.[2]
Federation streetscape in Hampton Street Bridgetown WA
Federation streetscape in Hampton Street Bridgetown WA
  • Bridgetown is the only heritage listed town in the South West of Western Australia.
  • Originally a successful apple producing district the area has now expanded into the timber, tantalum & lithium mining, dairy, cattle, and fruit industries.
  • The native marsupial bilby is found in the forests of this area.
  • Within easy day trip reach are the Southern Forest areas of Pemberton and Northcliffe, the World renowned Tree Top Walk near Walpole, dolphin watching at Bunbury, the wonderful beaches of Busselton and Dunsborough, Busselton Jetty and its under water aquarium, the Margaret River Wine Region and surf beaches.
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Ford House is one of the classic early properties of the Blackwood River Valley.
Ford House is one of the classic early properties of the Blackwood River Valley.

Main street of Bridgetown, Hampton Street
Main street of Bridgetown, Hampton Street
Hampton Street, Bridgetown, north from Steere street, 1949
Hampton Street, Bridgetown, north from Steere street, 1949
National Trust property, Bridgedale House, First house in the district, 1862, photo by Elaine Teague
National Trust property, Bridgedale House, First house in the district, 1862, photo by Elaine Teague
Flowering Peach tree on a fence of one of the Bridgetown gardens open for the Country Gardens Festival
Flowering Peach tree on a fence of one of the Bridgetown gardens open for the Country Gardens Festival
November is time for the annual Bridgetown Blues Festival in South West Australia.
November is time for the annual Bridgetown Blues Festival in South West Australia.
Bridges over the Blackwood River, Bridgetown, Western Australia by Elaine Teague
Bridges over the Blackwood River, Bridgetown, Western Australia by Elaine Teague
Kandalee, Moyola, BellaVista were some of the gardens open in Bridgetown for the Festival of Country Gardens over four days in 2014.
Kandalee, Moyola, BellaVista were some of the gardens open in Bridgetown for the Festival of Country Gardens over four days in 2014.

  • Tranquility, hospitality and breathtaking views make Bridgetown an ideal place to catch your breath and establish a base from which to explore the Blackwood Valley's wealth of attractions.
  • Just under 3 hours drive from Perth and a little over an hour from Margaret River and the coastal strip, the area is your opportunity to unwind and enjoy the very best of the South West.
  • Bridgetown itself enjoys a rustic charm with a unique wooded backdrop and an enviable array of eating houses and boutique shops.
  • Once the apple growing centre of the state, Bridgetown is now famous for its rolling hills, scenic drives, jarrah forests, starry nights and the longest flowing river in the state, the mighty Blackwood.[3]

From a ford, to a bridge, to a town:

Bridgetown in 1910; The Freemasons Hotel existed as did the Shire offices, while the building on the opposite corner is also extant (Roger Machin)
Bridgetown in 1910; The Freemasons Hotel existed as did the Shire offices, while the building on the opposite corner is also extant (Roger Machin)
Bridgetown Bridges history
Bridgetown Bridges history
Early bridges; Built in 1862, the footbridge was upstream of the current span. It was used for a bonfire when it became unsafe.The structure on the left was erected in 1868. Bridge number 4 followed in 1935 and the fifth in 1981. (Bridgetown Historical Society)
Early bridges; Built in 1862, the footbridge was upstream of the current span. It was used for a bonfire when it became unsafe.The structure on the left was erected in 1868. Bridge number 4 followed in 1935 and the fifth in 1981. (Bridgetown Historical Society)
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1. 10 River Road Bridgetown - BELLAVISTA

For sale 2014
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10 River Road, Bridgetown
10 River Road, Bridgetown
10 River Road, Bridgetown
10 River Road, Bridgetown
10 River Road, Bridgetown
10 River Road, Bridgetown
The red poppies in BellaVista's garden have flowered
The red poppies in BellaVista's garden have flowered

Bellavista 2009 Photo courtesy Merle and Tony Davis
Bellavista 2009 Photo courtesy Merle and Tony Davis
'Dorothy Perkins' has opened and emerged from out of the Wisteria at BellaVista in Bridgetown.
'Dorothy Perkins' has opened and emerged from out of the Wisteria at BellaVista in Bridgetown.

2. Bridgetown Houses

Bridgetown's heritage houses
Bridgetown's heritage houses
Federation home in timber at 13 Flintoff Road Bridgetown WA 6255
Federation home in timber at 13 Flintoff Road Bridgetown WA 6255
Horti Towers teahouse, Bridgetown W.A.
Horti Towers teahouse, Bridgetown W.A.
Bridgetown Community Resource Centre or, Scroungers Antique Collection,  150 Hampton Street, Bridgetown
Bridgetown Community Resource Centre or, Scroungers Antique Collection, 150 Hampton Street, Bridgetown

Heritage Houses in Bridgetown W.A.View information about this place

Blackwood House

Blackwood Park Rd Bridgetown
Heritage Place No. 6645
4 Blackwood Park Road, Bridgetown
4 Blackwood Park Road, Bridgetown

Large bungalow residence built of stone and brick by the Bazzo Bros. builders, in 1930.
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Parkville

Brockman Hwy Bridgetown
Over the years the name of the property has become "Park Farm". In 2011 the well preserved buildings are surrounded with mature exotic tree species, including Bunya Pines. A gazebo and the breezeway between the main house and the kitchen have been artfully incorporated into the structure, enlarging the original living area, whilst maintaining the architectural integrity of the original house.
William Wheatley and his family on the front steps of "Parkville" Homestead about 1908Photo courtesy J & R Frith
William Wheatley and his family on the front steps of "Parkville" Homestead about 1908Photo courtesy J & R Frith

Parkville - The house in 2011 - photo by Fran Taylor
Parkville - The house in 2011 - photo by Fran Taylor
Heritage Place No. 3191
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Ford House

Cnr Eedle Tce & South Western Hwy Bridgetown - Eedle Terrace, Bridgetown WA 6255, 

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Phone : (08) 97 611 816
Federation Bungalow style ...built 1896
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The house was built near to the original ford over the Blackwood River for W.A.G. Walter who was the first Magistrate in the district.
He bought 5 acres from the original land owner J. Blechnynden, which includes an arboretum.

  • The property was named after the Walter's Estate near Tunbridge Wells in the UK.
  • It has historical, social and aestheic significance as a fine example of a home of the period.
  • Ford House is a Retreat set in exquisite grounds in Bridgetown, in the centre of south west Western Australia.
  • The accommodation offers luxurious 4.5 star facilities.
  • The Bed & Breakfast and Emporium are set amongst 5 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland on the edge of the Blackwood River.
  • Sweeping views, fresh flowers, open fires, spas, a library and lovely gardens add a special touch to this historic property.
  • On-site is the boutique Tongue & Groove CafĂ©, open for breakfast, and lunch can be arranged by request.
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Nelson House Lodge (formerly Bridgetown Motel, Warners Hotel)

Nelson's of Bridgetown
Nelson's of Bridgetown
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external image nelsonsd.jpgHeritage Place No. 247The Nelson House was built in the 1890's as the 'Warners Hotel' and featured a public bar.
Unfortunately it was a little too far from the centre of town and the railway station to have any real success (especially as a bar). The owners later turned the premises into a boarding house and a small doctor's surgery.
Left abandoned for some time, it became the official haunted house of Bridgetown (every town has one). During World War II it housed Italian interns. Today it is a motel and restaurant.
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Bridgedale, Bridgetown (Blechynden House)

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Hampton St Bridgetown
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Front of Bridgedale House, however shingles now replaced by corrugated iron.
Front of Bridgedale House, however shingles now replaced by corrugated iron.
'Bridgedale', the Blechynden House, is the oldest building in Bridgetown and was owned by John Blechynden who was a pioneer pastoralist of the Bridgetown district in the 1850s.
Heritage Place No. 241
  • Bridgedale was constructed in stages and the main part was finished in 1863. It was built by John Blechynden, William May and Joseph Green.
  • They fired the local clay bricks, used local timber which was pit sawn and cut with broad axes and used wooden shingles on the roof. The original house consisted of five small rooms with a middle one serving as a kitchen-living room.
  • Additions were added later as John and Elizabeth Blechynden's family grew. In 1862 Bridgedale became a temporary site of the area's first school.
  • The building was purchased by public subscription in 1969 and handed over to the National Trust of Australia (WA) who now administers the building. Of particular interest are the beautiful gardens and tiny building behind the house where the original owner lived while Bridgedale was being built.
The house is currently closed to the public.
  • There is a pleasant river walk which starts from the house and takes you along the banks of the Blackwood River over a small bridge behind the caravan park through the Blackwood River Park and over the traffic bridge back to Bridgedale House.
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Windy Hollow

Henderson Rd nr Kangaroo Gully Rd Bridgetown
Heritage Place No. 6646Windy Hollow Homestead & Treehouse is 6 kms east of Bridgetown (follow the blue tourist signs).The residence was built by a local builder, John Potts (Pop) Henderson, as his own home. It is a weatherboard and iron house which has been extended. Windy Hollow is a beautiful farm property surrounded by rolling hills, pasture, and natural forest
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May Cottage

Lot 441 May Rd near Turner Rd Bridgetown
Heritage Place No. 3204Construction date 1884: Lot 441 on Diagram 222169, C/T 1338/526
May Cottage is a simple, rectangular, timber framed slab structure with gabled roof, small paned casement windows and a simple brick chimney with external flue to the west wall. The house has a new, red colorbond roof and skillon verandah, with large extension and timber deck to the south. The timber and red colorbond extension is 'L' shaped in plan, with a replicated gable roof abutting the original residence along its south elevation, and a gabled north-south walkway linking the western end of the residence to a western wing. The extensions are not readily visible from the street, and the original form of May Cottage is still clearly evident. The pioneering May family of nine lived on a ten acre allotment selling produces, such as fruit & vegetable, dairy goods, in town.
Very significant representing the type of construction typical of early cottages in the south west forest areas in the period of early settlement between 1850 and the 1880s. Significance increased by the intactness and condition of the fabric.
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Peninsula House

Peninsula Rd Bridgetown
Early days - The Old Peninsula Homestead
Early days - The Old Peninsula Homestead

The Old Peninsula Homestead a few years later
The Old Peninsula Homestead a few years later

Peninsula House, built 1920
Peninsula House, built 1920

Peninsula House, built 1920
Peninsula House, built 1920
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Heritage Place No. 3202
1930 Peninsula House - Donald, Janet, Louisa, Ockie and Jack Walter
1930 Peninsula House - Donald, Janet, Louisa, Ockie and Jack Walter

In 1920 the old Peninsula Homestead was demolished to make way for a grand new building which remains standing today.

At times it has been derelict and vandalised, threatened by bushfire, but recently restored to its former glory by the current owners.

Moyola

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Moyola

Lot 6 Turner Rd near Gifford St Bridgetown
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Heritage Place No. 3223
A fine stone and brick mansion with views to the Blackwood Valley beyond.
  • Large stone house (14 rooms) with tiled roof in original condition with original garden of significant plant specimens.
  • House built by Gerry Randle who owned Bridgetown's electrical plant prior to S.E.C. supply.
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Federation Style in Modern Bridgetown homes

16 Tweed Road Bridgetown WA 6255
16 Tweed Road Bridgetown WA 6255
113 Miri Miri Street Bridgetown WA 6255
113 Miri Miri Street Bridgetown WA 6255

3. Bridgetown Public Buildings

Bridgetown - heritage National Bank Building
Bridgetown - heritage National Bank Building
Bridgetown Hotel 1990s
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In 2000 Bridgetown was the eighth town in the state to be listed by the National Trust and granted Historic Town Status.
In 2000 Bridgetown was the eighth town in the state to be listed by the National Trust and granted Historic Town Status.
Comments and illustrations from Architecture of Bridgetown at Western Australian Vista>Bridgetown>Architecture of Bridgetown
Bridgetown's Public Places
Displaying pictures by Derek Graham
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Commercial Bank of Australia (fmr) (Accountants Office)

116 Hampton St Bridgetown
Heritage Place No. 3582
Architecture of Bridgetown, Commercial Bank of Australia, Western Australia
Architecture of Bridgetown, Commercial Bank of Australia, Western Australia


This Federation Free style building was constructed in 1909 to become a branch of the Commercial Bank of Australia.
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Bridgetown Post Office

142 Hampton St Bridgetown
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Heritage Place No. 240
Architecture of Bridgetown, Post Office, Western Australia
Architecture of Bridgetown, Post Office, Western Australia

Originally known as the "Post and Telegraph" office, the Bridgetown GPO was built in 1890. 
Prior to this the postal service was run from the Bridgedale homestead by John Blechynden in Geegelup. Mail came into town by horse and coach from Donnybrook. 
In 1895 a regular mail service operated between Greenbushes and Bridgetown and when the railway was completed in 1898, mail would come in twice a week. 
The Bridgetown Post Office was built in Federation Free Classical style.
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Old Police Quarters, Bridgetown

144 Hampton St Bridgetown
Bridgetown - Old Gaol
Bridgetown - Old Gaol

Bridgetown - Old Gaol
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Architectural Style: Federation Filigree
Old Gaol & Police Quarters, Bridgetown, a single-storey Victorian Georgian style brick and shingle former police station and lockup and Federation Filigree style police quarters, has cultural heritage significance for the following reason: The Gaol is the oldest government building in Bridgetown, and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the town.

The town's first police station was located down by the Blackwood River but in 1880 a new one was built on Hampton Street (this now being the old gaol!).

The old gaol included the police quarters which was first occupied by Constable John Bovell in 1880. The gaol had two cells, a kitchen and an exercise yard. The gaol was used right up until the 1970's when a new police station (but less attractive one) was built. The police quarters were used by the police until the 1980's.
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National Bank (former)

97 Hampton St Bridgetown
Heritage Place No. 246
Architecture of Bridgetown, National Bank Building, Western Australia
Architecture of Bridgetown, National Bank Building, Western Australia

The National Bank building was built around 1910 and is indicative of bank construction of the time. By the 1970's the bank was no longer in use and is now occupied by commercial businesses.
Federation Free Style: The former bank is constructed of tuck-pointed stretcher bond brickwork with rendered detailing and a random-coursed, stone foundation. 
  • The rendered detailing includes a triangular central parapet (with moulded shield and leaf motifs), parapet posts, moulded cornice, moulded window and door hoods (with triple brackets), plain string courses, moulded window sills and plain plinth.
  • The entrance to the building is emphasised by a slightly projecting central bay and recessed door, forming a shallow porch.
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Bridgetown - Freemason's Hall
Bridgetown - Freemason's Hall
Just about every town, big or small, in Western Australia has a Masonic Lodge. The Bridgetown lodge is known as the Nelson Freemasons Lodge No 60 of the WA Chapter.
  • The chapter was founded in 1899 (under the Scottish Constitution) by nine local freemasons.
  • The lodge was built in 1910 and features a gabled roof with a ventilation turret. (Federation Queen Anne style)

Bridgetown Hotel

Lot 16/17 Hampton St Bridgetown
Bridgetown Hotel
Bridgetown Hotel

Heritage Place No. 3195
Architecture of Bridgetown, Bridgetown Hotel, Western Australia
Architecture of Bridgetown, Bridgetown Hotel, Western Australia
The Bridgetown Hotel was built in the 1920's to replace the original hotel known as the Dawes (later the Cowan Hotel).

The original hotel was built from mud bricks and was situated just below street level, making it a steep step to the beer. When the new hotel was built, remnants of the original hotel were incorporated into the design.

The hotel is built in Federation Filigree style. The interior of the hotel features a jarrah staircase, pressed metal ceilings and a fireplace.
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Bridgetown Lawn Tennis Club Pavilion

Nelson St Bridgetown
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The Bridgetown Lawn Tennis Club was established in 1927 and the pavilion was constructed at about this time.
The pavilion is constructed of timber frame with weatherboard lining and an iron roof with a small central gable above the verandah. The walls and roof are currently painted green.

There is a concrete and brick terrace on the northern side of the building facing the courts which has been extended. There is also a brick shop on the western end of the structure which is not original.
There is an honour board on the verandah for players which dates from 1928.
There is also a memorial gate with stone piers and attractive wrought iron work, in memory of Tom Graham, foundation and life membe of the club, 1927-1945. The steps to the club are also a memorial to three club members.
The club is still a social focus in the town.
Style: Federation Bungalow
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Bridgetown Railway Station (fmr) (Railway Station and goods Shed)

Railway Reserve Bridgetown
Bridgetown - Old Railway Station
Bridgetown - Old Railway Station

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Front of the Old Railway Station
Front of the Old Railway Station
The coming of the railway was probably the most influential factor affecting Bridgetown’s development in 1898.

The existing structure (weatherboard with iron roof) is substantially the same as it was originally constructed. 

The Railway Station is currently leased to the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes by the Government and is home to the Blackwood Environment Society, Friends of the Forest and the Blackwood Landcare Office.

The building is listed on the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes' Municipal Inventory.

Heritage Place No. 256

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St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church, Convent of Mercy & School (Ain Karim)

102 Roe St Bridgetown
Heritage Place No. 259

Catholic Church Roe Street 2006
Catholic Church Roe Street 2006

Convent Roe Street 2006
Convent Roe Street 2006


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Parish Hall 1925 on left, Catholic Church on right
Parish Hall 1925 on left, Catholic Church on right

Convent with additional storey 1920s
Convent with additional storey 1920s
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Bridgetown Civic and Community Centre (Bridgetown Town Hall, Mechanic's Institue (site))

1 Steere St Bridgetown 
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Federation Free Classical style
The Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council buildings
The Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council buildings

Heritage Place No. 249
The Mechanics Institute after 1906 renovations.
The Mechanics Institute after 1906 renovations.
Two-storey masonry building constructed in the Inter-war period that blends some Federation Free Classical style characteristics with more contemporary motifs.
Displays some of the aesthetic characteristics of the Federation Free Style.
Later additions to the building were carried out in the Late Twentieth Century Post-Modern Style.
Constructed on the previous Mechanic's Institute which was demolished.
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Freemasons Hotel, Bridgetown

2 Steere St Bridgetown
Bridgetown - The Freemason's Hotel
Bridgetown - The Freemason's Hotel

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Heritage Place No. 248
Architecture of Bridgetown, Freemasons Hotel, Western Australia
Architecture of Bridgetown, Freemasons Hotel, Western Australia


The hotel was built in 1904 by the Bunnings Brothers, timber millers from Manjimup who later established the Bunnings Hardware chain. They used timber from their mills and bricks from their own kilns. The design is known as Federation filigree style, with additions and internal alterations in the interwar Art Deco style.

It was built as a country retreat and 'health resort' with the aim of attracting wealthy holiday-makers from Perth.

A 1913 newspaper article states; The amenities at this date included acetylene gas lighting to the whole building, hot and cold running water, a plunge bath 'and other luxuries' which were available, such as horse stables and automobile garages.

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  • Taking up the corner of Steere and Hampton Street is the Freemason Hotel, built by the Bunnings brothers between 1904-1907.
  • Retaining most of its original construction this fine old hotel once boasted 15 bedrooms, two dining rooms, a drawing and smoking room, gas lighting and best of all hot running water so you could really enjoy the plunge bath. Outside were stables and garages.
  • It was built in Federation Filigree style (with Inter-war Art Deco additions) and features red tuck pointed brick, corbelled chimneys and gabled roof line.
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  1. ^ http://www.exploreaustralia.net.au/Western-Australia/The-South-West/Bridgetown
  2. ^ http://bridgetownwahistory.com/home.html
  3. ^ http://www.blackwoodrivervalley.org.au/Bridgetown-Blackwood-River-Valley.html