Monday, February 23, 2015

Architecture of Harold Desbrowe-Annear

Federation Arts and Crafts Architecture of Harold Desbrowe-Annear


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With thanks to Harriet Edquist "Harold Desbrowe-Annear, A Life in Architecture"

The architectural masterpieces, urban planning projects, and bohemian existence that characterized the life of Australian architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear are examined in this tribute to a major proponent of the arts and crafts movement in architecture.
  • The projects detailed in this study include the apartments and houses in Melbourne that Desbrowe-Annear designed in the Queen Anne, art deco, and arts and crafts styles;
  • Both a member of the artist community and a friend to powerful members of the political establishment, Desbrowe-Annear produced works of merit that earned him awards and wide recognition in the early part of the 20th century.
"Harold Desbrowe-Annear, A Life in Architecture"
"Harold Desbrowe-Annear, A Life in Architecture"
See Also

Architecture of Harold Desbrowe Annear

Notable Projects

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Arts and Crafts Houses

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Melbourne City works

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Town Houses

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Country Houses

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Gardens

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Notable projects

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1. Federation Arch, Princes Bridge 1901

The ephemeral triumphal arch erected on Princes Bridge by the City of Melbourne was designed by Desbrowe-Annear in 1901 to mark the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York for the Federation celebrations. It was influenced by Beaux-Arts civic design and the 'Arc de Triomphe' in Paris.[3]

2. Chadwick Houses, Eaglemont 1903

The three houses that Desbrowe-Annear erected in Eaglemont were commissioned by his fathe
r-in-law James Chadwick in 1903. 
  • They were 36–38 The Eyrie, built as a residence for the architect and his family;
  • 32–34 The Eyrie, known asChadwick House and
  • 55 Outlook Drive, known as the Officer House.

While relatively modest in size, their design indicates that the architect was prepared to grasp the issue of the "small home" as one of the most challenging of the 20th century. 
  • 36–38 The Eyrie
    36–38 The Eyrie
    They embody the principles of William Morris in their truth to materials and place, structural 'honesty', functionalism and celebration of the builder's craft.
  • They are weatherboard with rough cast and half-timbering and exhibit many technological innovations including wall recessed, sliding window sashes, modular wall-framing and convection heating vents to fireplaces.
  • Each house was thoughtfully positioned on the slope of the hill, with increasing setbacks from the street, so as not to block the views from within.
Springthorpe Memorial, designed by architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear. The Victorian era memorial is at the Boroondara General Cemetery in Kew, Melbourne.
Springthorpe Memorial, designed by architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear. The Victorian era memorial is at the Boroondara General Cemetery in Kew, Melbourne.
The Springthorpe Memorial designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear.
The Springthorpe Memorial designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear.
3. Springthorpe Memorial, Booroondara Cemetery, Kew, 1897–1900
Springthorpe Memorial, Booroondara Cemetery
Springthorpe Memorial, Booroondara Cemetery

The Springthorpe Memorial in the Boroondara CemeteryKew, was Desbrowe-Annear's first Arts and Crafts venture. 
  • The design was influenced by William Lethaby’s writings on the iconography of the domed temple form in “Architecture: Mysticism & Myth”.
  • Consequentially the architecture is symbolic.
  • The geographic alignment of the tomb ascertains that the intense light of the afternoon sun lights up the temple with brilliant colour. It explores the idea of the hoped-for union of souls.[1]

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4. Inglesby, South Yarra 1915


Inglesby, also called the Francis house, in South Yarra was one of Desbrowe-Annear's most famous houses, identified by Robin Boyd as an example of Melbourne's 'pioneer modernism'. 
  • It was timber-framed with plain white roughcast walls inspired by Californian architect Irving Gill. The plan of Inglesby centred on a large hall entered from the porch.
  • It was flanked either side by the dining room and the living room accessed through sliding doors which when opened extended into a huge living area across the front of the house. Inglesby's low ceilings and horizontal flow aligned it also to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.[1]


Arts and Crafts Houses

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Harold Desbrowe Annear was one of Australia's leading and most innovative Arts and Crafts architects of the early twentieth century. The house at 38 The Eyrie, Eaglemont, designed for himself and his wife Florence, is highly representative of the architect's work during this period, and is possibly his most inventive. 38 The Eyrie is part of an important group of three houses at this location, all designed by Annear. Of the three houses, this one demonstrates the greatest attention to detail and contains a space in the downstairs area that was used as Annear's studio.

Annear moved to Eaglemont in 1901 where he was able to develop his Arts and Crafts principles through a number of commissions. The most well known of these are the three houses he built for his father-in-law James Chadwick in The Eyrie of which this is one. The Chadwick houses or Eyrie houses as they are known form a unique collection and are fine examples of the architect's work as well as highly realised expression of the architect's ideas. In these three related houseshe was able to explore variations in concepts and detailing. These houses are considered to be the best and clearest expression of Annear's Arts and Crafts designs.
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Notable Desbrowe-Annear Buildings

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1. Desbrowe Annear House

Harold Desbrowe Annear was one of Australia's leading and most innovative Arts and Crafts architects of the early twentieth century. The house at 38 The Eyrie, Eaglemont, designed for himself and his wife Florence, is highly representative of the architect's work during this period, and is possibly his most inventive. 38 The Eyrie is part of an important group of three houses at this location, all designed by Annear. Of the three houses, this one demonstrates the greatest attention to detail and contains a space in the downstairs area that was used as Annear's studio.

38 The Eyrie is a medium sized residence built on two levels utilising the fall of the land. Built in 1903, The Annear house was built using a timber balloon frame and incorporates a number of elements for which Annear is recognized. These include characteristic window designs, built in furniture, a square corner bay window, a verandah space cum outdoor living area that Annear called a piazza, the simple use of materials, the expression of structure and a planning layout that is a clear departure from the traditional layout of compartmentalised rooms off a linking hall way toward an open plan.The Chadwick houses or Eyrie houses as they are known form a unique collection and are fine examples of the architect's work as well as highly realised expression of the architect's ideas. In these three related houseshe was able to explore variations in concepts and detailing. These houses are considered to be the best and clearest expression of Annear's Arts and Crafts designs.
  • 38 The Eyrie contains a higher degree of attention to detail than is usually found in his houses of this period. This is demonstrated by overlaid elements of the red pine fretwork as lintel ornamentation in the internal openings and in the work of the various brass door, overmantles and sideboard fittings.
  • The house exhibits an irregular though carefully realised external articulation which is the result of a design approach where the building's exterior was derived from its plan form.

2. The Annear House

The Annear House
The Annear House
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The home at 36-38 The Eyrie is of considerable architectural and historic significance. Substantially intact, 36-38 The Eyrie is one of three houses constructed on the Eaglemont Estate.
  • The house was designed by prominent architect Harold Desbrowe Annear for himself and his wife Florence in 1903.
  • The house is a notable example of his early arts and crafts mode, featuring many of his characteristic elements such as half-timbered and roughcast walls, weatherboarded plinth and horizontal groupings of casement windows with timber bracketed window hoods.
A Melbourne home designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear. Photo: Neil Newitt.
A Melbourne home designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear. Photo: Neil Newitt.


3. Katanga

Katanga was commenced in 1931 and completed in early 1933, just before the death of its architect Harold Desbrowe Annear.
Katanga is a fascinating example of Desbrowe Annear's final manner, functional, somewhat eccentric and essentially theatrical in its combination and use of elements.
  • It is more florid and richly decorated than most of Annear's work and the combination of 18th century decoration in the manner of Robert Adam (1728-1792) with 1930s functionalism is most unusual.
  • Desbrowe Annear's Arts and Crafts inspiration and commitment to architecture as an art form is evident in the design of the house as the core of a total environment, which includes the garden and garden wall, garage and ancillary outdoor spaces and buildings, the interior decoration, and built-in furniture.
  • Katanga is an architectural testament to the owners' social and cultural aspirations, as it is believed that the Inces were heavily involved in its design.
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katanga glenferrie road malvern front elevation

  • Built for Mr Wesley Ince and his wife, it is a two storey stuccoed house with a central porte-cochere, set before a pedimented breakfront.
  • On either side is an assortment of windows, including large six paned sashes, arched windows and circular oeils-de-boeuf, the latter strung with moulded stucco garlands.
  • Internally the rooms display a curious mixture of 20th century functionalism and comfort with 18th century detail.
Bray House - 234 Rosanna Road Rosanna
Bray House - 234 Rosanna Road Rosanna

4. Bray House - 234 Rosanna Road Rosanna

The home at 234 Rosanna Road is of considerable architectural significance. Externally largely intact, 234 Rosanna Road is one of a number of houses in the municipality designed by prominent architect Harold Desbrowe Annear in his early Arts and Crafts mode.
  • The house is a notable example of this style, featuring many of his characteristic elements such as half-timbering and roughcast walls, weatherboarded plinth and horizontal groupings of casement windows with timber bracketed window hoods.

5. Macgeorge House

Macgeorge House, 25 Riversdale Road Ivanhoe
Macgeorge House, 25 Riversdale Road Ivanhoe
The home at 25 Riverside Road is of considerable architectural and historic significance. The building was the home of prominent artist and critic Norman MacGeorge, reflecting the continuing role of Heidelberg as a popular artist's rural retreat.
  • Externally largely intact, 25 Riverside Road is one of a number of houses designed by prominent architect Harold Desbrowe Annear in his early Arts and Crafts mode.
  • The house features typical characteristics of this style such as roughcast walls, tapered roughcast chimneys, groupings of casement windows, timber verandah balustrading, built-in furniture and innovative open planning principles.

6. Peroomba House

Peroomba is a typical though not as distinguished example of the Arts and Crafts style of prominent architect Harold Desbrowe Annear.
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Peroomba

  • The house features many of his characteristic elements, evident in a number of houses in Heidelberg and Ivanhoe constructed in the early twentieth century, such as half-timbered and roughcast walls, terracotta tiled gabled roofs and horizontal groupings of casement windows with timber bracketed window hoods.


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THE CHADWICK HOUSE

7. The Chadwick House

The home at 32-34 The Eyrie is of considerable architectural and historical significance.
  • Substantially intact, 32-34 The Eyrie is one of three houses constructed on the Eaglemont Estate and designed by prominent architect Harold Desbrowe Annear in his early Arts and Crafts mode.
  • The house is a notable example of this style, featuring many of his characteristic elements such as half-timbered and roughcast walls, weatherboarded plinth and horizontal groupings of casement windows with timber bracketed window hoods.

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8. East View
East View, 16 Martin Street, Heidelberg is a medium sized residence built on two levels that utilise the fall of the land. East View is a particularly fine example of the early work of Harold Desbrowe Annear. Built in 1903, for local shire engineer Herbert Tisdale, who was a champion of the architect's work.
  • East View was built using a timber balloon frame and incorporates a number of elements for which Annear is recognized.
  • These include characteristic window designs, built in furniture, a square corner bay window, a verandah space cum outdoor living area that Annear called a piazza, the simple use of materials, the expression of structure and a planning layout that moves away from the more traditional form of compartmentalised rooms off a linking hall way toward a more open plan.
  • This is the most intact example of the architect's work.

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9. Chadwick House

Heritage Listing (VIC) - 32-34 The Eyrie Eaglemont, Banyule City
Chadwick House, 32-34 The Eyrie, was designed in 1904 by the architect Harold Desbrowe Annear for his father-in-law, James Chadwick. The house is a two-storey, Medieval inspired Arts and Crafts style building with half-timbered roughcast walls, a hipped and gabled Marseilles-patterned tile roof, arcaded chimney stacks and cantilevered gables. Internally the house has extensive timber panelling with built-in furniture and storage space.
Architect Peter Crone's meticulously restored home, Chadwick House in Eaglemont, designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear in 1903. Photo: Neil Newitt
Architect Peter Crone's meticulously restored home, Chadwick House in Eaglemont, designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear in 1903. Photo: Neil Newitt
Restoration has retained architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear's signature work. The dining room at 54 Nelson Street Sandringham. Photo: 2004 by Gary Medlicott.
Restoration has retained architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear's signature work. The dining room at 54 Nelson Street Sandringham. Photo: 2004 by Gary Medlicott.
Architect Peter Crone's meticulously restored home, Chadwick House, in Eaglemont, designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear in 1903. Photo: Neil Newitt
Architect Peter Crone's meticulously restored home, Chadwick House, in Eaglemont, designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear in 1903. Photo: Neil Newitt
Desbrowe-Annear leaves a trail of wooden hearts. 55 Outlook Drive Eaglemont. Photo: 2003
Desbrowe-Annear leaves a trail of wooden hearts. 55 Outlook Drive Eaglemont. Photo: 2003
Architect Peter Crone's meticulously restored home, Chadwick House in Eaglemont, designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear in 1903. Photo: Neil Newitt
Architect Peter Crone's meticulously restored home, Chadwick House in Eaglemont, designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear in 1903. Photo: Neil Newitt
Harold Desbrowe-Annear was one of the first architects to include built-in furniture. Interior of Architect Peter Crone's house in Eaglemont, designed by Desbrowe-Annear in 1903. Photo: Neil Newitt, 2003
Harold Desbrowe-Annear was one of the first architects to include built-in furniture. Interior of Architect Peter Crone's house in Eaglemont, designed by Desbrowe-Annear in 1903. Photo: Neil Newitt, 2003

  • Chadwick House has the half-timbered rough- cast walls the hipped and gabled marseilled-pattern tile roof arcaded chimney stacks and cantilevered gables.The swagged and ogee-arch slatted balustrading to its balconies and the overall picturesque disposition of elements have been borrowed from northern European 14th and 15th century domestic styles.
  • These are exemplified in the white rough cast and black stained timbering (i.e. black and white houses) both internally and externally it may be seen as an early example of medieval revival style unique to Heidelberg.
James Chadwick owned this house after its construction and leased it to a civil servant Charles Stanesby until he himself became the occupier in 1907. A later occupier was Arthur V Walker.
  • Chadwick House is significant for architectural reasons. Chadwick House is architecturally significant as an outstanding example of the work of eminent and influential architect Harold Desbrowe Annear.
  • Annear was instrumental in introducing the open plan form into Australian domestic architecture and Chadwick House, along with 28-30 The Eyrie and 36-38 The Eyrie, is an early example of his work which demonstrates this Modernist doctrine.
  • Through its incorporation of Modernist ideas and Medieval-inspired design principles, Chadwick House was influential in the developmentof the Art and Crafts movement in Australia and embodies the cultural dogma of domestic architecture in Australia through its utilisation of the open-plan form.
  • Chadwick House is important as an intact and notable example of the work of Annear and as one of the prototype forms which remained peculiar to his work.

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10. Officer House - 55 Outlook Drive Eaglemont
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Built in 1903, 55 Outlook Drive, Eaglemont, often referred to as the Officer House, is a residence designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear. Annear moved to Eaglemont in 1901 where he was able to develop his Arts and Crafts principles through a number of commissions. The most well known of these are the three houses he built for his father-in-law James Chadwick in The Eyrie of which this is one.
The Chadwick houses or Eyrie houses as they are known form a unique collection and are fine examples of the architect's work as well as highly realised expression of the architect's ideas.
  • These houses are considered to be the best and clearest expression of Annear's Arts and Crafts designs. The house is referred to as the Officer House after a George Officer who rented the place from James Chadwick after it was built.
  • Officer House, 55 Outlook Drive is a medium sized residence built on two levels utilising the fall of the land.
  • The house was built using a timber balloon frame and incorporates a number of elements for which Annear is recognized.
  • These include characteristic window designs, built in furniture, a square corner bay window, a verandah space cum outdoor living area that Annear called a piazza and the simple use of materials, albeit in a highly decorative manner externally.
  • The house exhibits a somewhat irregular though carefully realised external articulation which is the result of a design approach where the building's exterior was derived from its plan form.


Desbrowe-Annear City works

1. Church Street Bridge

The Church Street Bridge, completed in 1924, is one of the five major metropolitan bridges over the Yarra River.
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  • The crossing between Chapel Street and Church Street was negotiated by punt until a narrow single span iron box-girder bridge was erected in the 1850s.
  • By the early twentieth century the bridge was inadequate in terms of structure and traffic capacity, and furthermore an upgrade was needed to provide a tramway connection across the river.
The Prahran, Richmond and Melbourne Councils, the Tramway Board and the State government each agreed to contribute to the cost and an Act of Parliament was passed in 1919 to enable the Prahran and Richmond Councils to construct a new bridge.

  • The new bridge was to be 66 feet (20.1m) wide with a 44 foot (13.4m) carriageway and two 11 foot (3.4m) footpaths. The waterway was to be 300 feet (91.5m) wide to accommodate the reappraisal of flood levels in a contemporary Yarra Floods Board report.
  • A three arch design was called for, following the lead of the earlier Princes Bridge.

A competition for a design for the bridge was won by Harold Desbrowe-Annear and engineers J.M. Ashworth and A.lL. Galbraith. 
  • The architects Harold Desbrowe Annear and Thomas Ramsden Ashworth and engineer John Albert Laing (who had also made an entry in the competition) in conjunction, were commissioned to design a bridge based on the winning entry, but adapted to the requirements of the competition adjudicators .
  • The bridge was constructed by the Reinforced Concrete and Monier Pipe Construction Company. The bridge was opened by the Governor, the Earl of Stradbroke, on 8 July 1924.

2. The Menzies Hotel (1909-1911)

140 William Street Melbourne Vic (demolished)
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The Menzies Hotel, south-east corner of Bourke and William Streets.

Built in 1867 to accommodate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, the Menzies was another of Melbourne's most impressive luxury hotels.

Among the famous guests who stayed there; Sarah Bernhardt, Alexander Graham Bell, Mark Twain (who helped stoke the hotel boilers as part of his fitness regime), Herbert Hoover and General Douglas Macarthur.

The grandeur of the Menzies Hotel in William St was another architectural humiliation in the eyes of city planners who wanted to turn a city they saw as a large country town with a collection of hotels into a modern metropolis.

In 1969 it was demolished to make way for the BHP Plaza.
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Glorious lost Melbourne buildings

The Menzies Hotel in the 1930s. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library
Chandelier Room, Menzies Hotel, Melbourne - 1964
Chandelier Room, Menzies Hotel, Melbourne - 1964
Menzies Hotel: Inside the dining room.
Menzies Hotel: Inside the dining room.
Harold Desbrowe-Annear designed the lounge and dining room at the Menzies Hotel, 1909-1911

Desbrowe-Annear Town Houses


1. Greenwich House alterations (1918-1920)

Greenwich House is a large Toorak mansion built in 1869 for the merchant and politician James Lorimer, probably to the design of the architect Leonard Terry. The two storey house is an Italianate style bay-fronted mansion of eighteen rooms, notable for the central Roman Doric portico and restrained ornamentation.
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  • Greenwich House is of historical significance as one of the oldest surviving Toorak residences. Its associations with a number of important figures and its changes in use over a long period make it a valuable historical document through which many social and economic transformations can be traced.
  • Greenwich House is of architectural significance as an example of the residential work of the prominent architects Leonard Terry and to a lesser extent Harold Desbrowe Annear.
  • Terry (1825-1884), who is likely to have been the original architect, was the designer of many bank and church buildings in Victoria from the 1850s to the 1880s.
  • Desbrowe Annear (1865-1933), who carried out substantial alterations to the house in 1918-20, was one of Melbourne's most innovative architects, making a significant contribution to the development of a uniquely Australian style of architecture in the early decades of the 20th century.

The house was one of the first built on the early close sub-divisions in the Toorak district, at a time when the area was becoming keenly sought after as a site for residences of the wealthy. Its original owner, James Lorimer, moved from the house in 1876 as his growing status demanded a more substantial residence.
  • Subsequent owners made their own alterations, expanding the house with additions such as a ballroom, extended servants' quarters and more bedrooms. But by the 1920s its years as a family residence were numbered. Like many of Melbourne's mansion houses, Greenwich House underwent many changes of use in the 20th century, reflecting changing social and economic conditions. Much of its original grounds were subdivided and built upon, the house itself was converted to flats and then to hostel accommodation for the Navy, before becoming the Chinese consulate in the 1980s.

2. Kaye House, 1 Heyington Place Toorak (1921-1925)

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Kaye House House 1 Heyington Place Toorak, Streetview


  • The entrance is dominated by a large, even over-scaled Palladian porch and porch chamber.
  • An oval window decorated with swags in the Adam manner fills the tympanum of the pediment
  • The treatment of the porch and chamber was an exercise in classical correctness
  • Although the porch chamber was an English motif, Desbrowe-Annear here articulates it as a temple front and transforms it into a Palladian motif.[1]


3. Baillieu House House 729 Orrong Road Toorak (1927)


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Baillieu House House 729 Orrong Road Toorak

Among Desbrowe-Annear's grandest designs is the mansion at 729 Orrong Road, built in 1925 and retained for four generations by members of the Baillieu family.
  • The home's current owner, Good Guys founder Andrew Muir, made headlines in 2007 when he appointed an agent to knock on the door of the then owner, comedian turned radio commentator Steve Vizard, to make an offer despite it not being on the market.

FALLEN businessman Steve Vizard has set a Melbourne house price record by selling his Toorak mansion for about $18 million.
  • Mr Vizard, who has owned the eastern suburbs property since 2003, has more than doubled his money by selling the Orrong Road mansion to an undisclosed Chinese buyer, who reportedly knocked on the door and made an offer the former television comedian couldn't refuse.
  • The sale price of the mansion, built by the blueblood Baillieu family more than 80 years ago, easily eclipses the former Melbourne house price record held by Toll Holdings chief Paul Little, who paid $16million for Toorak mansion Coonac in 2002.


Muir offered $17.75 million reportedly because he admired from afar.


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"The former M.H. Baillieu residence and garden, 729 Orrong Road, Toorak, designed by noted architect H. Desbrowe Annear in 1925 and retained in family ownership for over four decades, is of State cultural significance:
  • for the largely unaltered residence which retains unpainted tapestry brickwork and cement render, and the design of which is an accomplish mix of classically-derived elements used with a Baroque exuberance;
  • for the layout, design and major planting of the garden; this aspect illustrates a prevailing enthusiasm for Italian and Mediterranean
    influenced gardens and this is amongst the best surviving examples in Victoria of this style, especially given the complementary ensemble of house and garden and the general intactness of the design;
  • for the design and workmanship of its architectural landscape elements, including retaining walls, garden walls, steps, balustrades, tennis court, the
  • drive and pathways; the external masonry wall is of special importance for its design (which incorporates architectural elements of the residence and has oculi with wrought iron bars permitting vistas into and out of the garden);
  • for its planting, especially the mature trees and cypress hedges, and the tradition of planting the perennial borders.
  • for its aesthetic qualities, principally derived from the vistas within the garden, changes of level, mature planting and consistent use of masonry for architectural elements of the garden;
  • for the survival of the plan by Harold Desbrowe Annear, a towering figure in the history of Australian architecture and design; his garden plans are extremely scarce and this plan communicates ideas not fully realised in the property;"
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4. Cloyne, 611 Toorak Road Toorak Vic (1926-1929)

The five bedroom, five bathroom Harold Desbrowe-Annear-designed house, with prominent port corchere, last sold in 2011 at around $3.5 million. It now comes with a $4.8 million asking price.
Cloyne is one of the few substantially intact homes designed in the 1920s by Harold Desbrowe Annear.
  • It was built at 611 Toorak Road, Toorak in 1926 for Louis Nelken, reputedly a former Royal family butler, who married into the establishment Baillieu family. He was a director of Australian Knitting Mills.[2]

Cloyne at 609 Toorak Road (1929), which has a jewel-like quality and is unified by the judicious repetition of a Venetian window motif.
  • Such excellent buildings as Cloyne have unjustly been presented as an embarrassment by some of Annear's later admirers, but he believed those who argued for a utilitarian architecture were asking for a non-architecture: they 'did not know definitely what architecture consists of'. In fact he pursued throughout a tempered eclecticism.[3]

611 Toorak Road, Toorak, Vic 3142
611 Toorak Road, Toorak, Vic 3142
The iconic “Cloyne” residence at 611 Toorak Rd, Toorak, is up for sale for the second time this year. Sotheby’s International agent Greg Herman said the buyer who purchased the property in August had changed their mind.
  • The iconic Hollywood-style Toorak mansion Cloyne is on the market with an A-list price tag. The swish property has a distinctive Georgian portico fa├žade.
  • With a turquoise swimming pool and cabana, five bedrooms, a ballroom with gilded cornices, a grand entrance hall and curving staircase, the home is one of Toorak’s most recognisable properties and has a history of decadence.

Cloyne was designed by prominent early-twentieth century Victorian architect Harold Desbrowe Annear and built in 1926 for Melbourne identity Louis Nelken, who married into the influential Baillieu family.
  • Mr Nelken hosted famously flamboyant charity fundraising parties for politicians, celebrities and socialites at the Toorak Road home through the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
  • Cloyne’s owner in the 1960s was the late playboy businessman Don Busch, who commissioned much of the glamorous renovations.
  • Agent Greg Herman of Sotheby’s International Realty said Cloyne is reminiscent of a Hollywood Hills mansion.

“It is an iconic Toorak home that, being on a main road, many people have driven past for years and taken notice of,” he said.
The grand residence at 611 Toorak Rd, Toorak, has a $4.3 million asking price.
The grand residence at 611 Toorak Rd, Toorak, has a $4.3 million asking price.
The intricate details are a highlight at 611 Toorak Rd, Toorak.
The intricate details are a highlight at 611 Toorak Rd, Toorak.
611 Toorak Road, Toorak, Vic 3142
611 Toorak Road, Toorak, Vic 3142
611 Toorak Road, Toorak, Vic 3142
611 Toorak Road, Toorak, Vic 3142
The striking five-bedroom home is on about 1020sq m, with plenty of room for the swimming pool and lush gardens.
Ornate details are a feature inside, including decorative cornices and ceiling roses, parquetry floors and fluted columns.[4]
The expansive floorplan includes an array of living zones around the elegant curved staircase, a guest wing and timber-panelled study.
611 Toorak Road, Toorak, Vic 3142
611 Toorak Road, Toorak, Vic 3142

Desbrowe-Annear Country Houses


1. Mount Martha's iconic Glynt Manor

In a rather unusual twist, Glynt Manor has been put back on the market less than 7 months after the current sellers purchased it.
  • The coastal home was designed by architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear for the Henty family. When it was completed in 1914, it was a single-storey farmhouse. The castle-like 2nd-storey was a later addition.
The Henty’s lived in the home for just three years before selling it to the Buxton family in 1917. Dame Rita Buxton resided in the home for 60 years. It was sold in the 1980s and became a tourism resort called ‘Glynt by the Sea’ before later becoming a bed-and-breakfast in the 1990s.
Mount Martha's iconic Glynt Manor has hit the market, again, with a private sale price of $6.5 million.
Glynt Manor
Glynt Manor
Glynt Manor, 10 Greenslade Court, Mount Martha. Agent: BJ Wilkinson Real Estate.
Glynt Manor, 10 Greenslade Court, Mount Martha. Agent: BJ Wilkinson Real Estate.
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Glynt, the distinctive 1910 Gothic-inspired mansion was built by the Henty family and remains one of the Mornington Peninsula's most distinctive former private homes.
  • The Manor originally stood on 28 hectares and was expected to fetch close to $7 million when it hit the market in March. It is now listed for private sale at $6.5 million.
  • Glynt was built as a single-storey farmhouse in 1910 and later extended to its current form. It was constructed for the Henty family, descendants of Victoria's first European settlers.

Believed to have been designed by noted architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear, it bears a striking similarity to another of his designs, Delgany at Portsea.
  • Later owners included the Buxton family — Dame Rita Buxton lived there for more than 60 years — and adventure-travel pioneer, Bill King.
  • Evocative of a Scottish castle, the 19-room mansion at 10 Greenslade Court has bay views, battlements and a tower, the top of which houses a B&B suite with a glass pyramid ceiling and an indoor/outdoor bathroom. The glass ceiling has electronic blinds to block out the midday sun and the outdoor bathroom has a spa hidden behind the turret's battlements.

Mark Callan and William Gilchrist bought the property in 1997 and commissioned Yarraville architect Hugh Basset to create the glass ceilinged bedroom and indoor/outdoor bathroom.
  • The couple had the extraordinary luck of finding the home's original gardener, Bob Barker, who started work at Glynt in 1927, living nearby and with his help undertook a major renovation of the gardens.
  • They sold the property in November of 2000 for $2.35 million to move on to a new luxury accommodation project in the area.
  • The Manor opened in 2008 and has been run as a glamorous boutique hotel since.
  • The buildings have undergone a major renovation over the past two years and the current sale offers the option to either continue the boutique hotel business or use the building as a private home.
The Manor building, which includes a distinctive tower, boasts 10 bedrooms, including six individually themed suites.
  • The interior features unique, luxury period pieces. A grand formal lounge and dining room allow for large-scale entertaining. There is also a large breakfast room — with arched windows — that has garden views.
The property is surrounded by almost a hectare of well-developed gardens and the grounds also contain a tennis court, outbuildings and three-car garage.
The house and gardens have extensive views of Port Phillip Bay.

2. Macgeorge House (1911)

Built in 1911, the Macgeorge House (also known as Fairy Hills) is situated at the intersection of the Yarra River and Darebin Creek in Ivanhoe.
  • A substantial bungalow, it is roughcasted externally with some half timbering to gables.
An old photo of Norman Macgeorge's house, Ballangeich, at 25 Riverside Road, Ivanhoe.
An old photo of Norman Macgeorge's house, Ballangeich, at 25 Riverside Road, Ivanhoe.
Artist Norman Macgeorge's house, Ballangeich, at 25 Riverside Road in Fairy Hills in Ivanhoe. Photo: 2001.
Artist Norman Macgeorge's house, Ballangeich, at 25 Riverside Road in Fairy Hills in Ivanhoe. Photo: 2001.
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MACGEORGE HOUSE
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MACGEORGE HOUSE SOHE 2008
  • The interior is comprehensively finished in a variety of natural and dark stained timbers, with very fine hand crafted detailing to fittings and furnishings. The house remains largely intact to its original appearance and character to both exterior and interior.
The Macgeorge house is of architectural significance as an important and remarkably complete example of the work of leading architect Harold Desbrowe Annear in the early years of this century.
  • While demonstrating a number of features typical of his work at this time, such as his love of roughcasted and half timbered bungalow forms and richly detailed Arts & Crafts interiors, it shows his broad tendency in this period toward simplification and abstraction of form and details, factors important to the notable character of his later work.
  • The associated gardens are an integral part of the original conception of the site by the Macgeorges and their architect. Vestiges of the original formal garden adjacent the house and of the bush garden along the river make an important contribution to the appreciation of the site and of the tastes of the Macgeorges.
The Macgeorge house is of historical significance for its associations with the Macgeorges and, through them, with a larger circle of artists, art patrons and art critics in Heidelberg and Melbourne from 1910 through to 1970.
  • Following the bequest to the University of Melbourne by the Macgeorges,the association with the arts community as accommodation for artists in residence from the University of Melbourne.


2. 'ALLANVALE', Allanvale Road, Great Western (1919)

Allanvale built in 1921
Allanvale built in 1921

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GW 01 - Shire of Northern Grampians - Stage 2 Heritage Study, 2004

Taken up by John Sinclair in 1841, the property was originally known as Sinclair's Run and soon after as Allanvale during the occupation of John Allan. A legacy of this period is possibly the outbuilding built of drop slab construction. Allanvale has significance for its long-term associations with three generations of the Kilpatrick family.Allanvale Homestead off the Allanvale Tuckershill Road at Great Western, has significance as a moderately intact example of a 19th century sheep station with the evolution of the property reflected in the various building developments dating from the mid 19th century until the early-mid 20th century.
  • In 1919, W.A. and Helen Kilpatrick commissioned the eminent Melbourne architect, Harold Desbrowe-Annear, to design the main house, which survives as a highly intact legacy of his architectural achievements.
  • Other buildings that contribute to the significance of the place include the stables, woolshed, shearers' quarters and the rammed concrete motor garage that reflects the wide use of concrete construction at Allanvale in the early 20th century.
    Allanvale homestead
    Allanvale homestead

The main house at Allanvale is architecturallysignificant at a STATE level. It demonstrates several original design qualities that include the two prominent gables (having boxed eaves) forming two major axes, and the lower hipped roof forms that project from these gables.
  • Other intact or appropriate qualities include the predominantly single storey height, roughcast brick wall construction, tiled roof cladding, stepped rectangular stuccoed Art Deco-like chimneys, oval windows, Serliana under the entrance gable, Tuscan porte cochere, and the wide eaved colonnade that curves around the perimeter of the western and southern sides of the house.
  • Internally, the small hall and the double-height living room panelling to the door tops in local timber are also significant. Other significant internal qualities include the long, low fireplace dominated and built-in display cases and drawer in the living room, banks of sash windows with separate fly-screens, timber stairs that lead to the room above the hall, dining room panelled passages, and the bedrooms fitted with timber circular built-in corner cupboards.


3. Mulberry Hill (1920)

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MULBERRY HILL SOHE 2008

Mulberry Hill is remembered as the home of Sir Daryl (1889-1976) and Joan Lindsay (d.1984) and as a place frequented by other members of the famous Lindsay family and some of Australia's most illustrious businessmen, politicians and artists.
  • Sir Daryl was well known as an artist, gallery director and as a founder and early leading figure in the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
  • Joan Lindsay was equally well known as the author of such books as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Time Without Clocks.

With the advice of their friend the architect Harold Desbrowe Annear the Lindsays developed what had been a simple late nineteenth century weatherboard cottage into a stylish and original residence including a studio, wooden stables and an impressive scenic circular porch with slender white columns and long wooden shutters.
  • Some of the detailing was purchased from Whelan the Wrecker. Daryl Lindsay himself developed the garden.

When Joan Lindsay died in 1984 the property was left to the National Trust with which the Lindsays were closely associated. The Trust has since maintained Mulberry Hill as a museum dedicated to the Lindsays.



4. Longacres (1924)

Longacres constitutes a house and gallery, a painting studio, a caretakers residence and several outbuildings arranged in an informal garden on approximately 5 acres of land.
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LONGACRES SOHE 2008
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Streeton residence olinda dec1999
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Longacres 1
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  • “Longacres” is a two-storey timber house on about 5 acres of garden built by Sir Arthur Streeton in 1924 at Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria.
  • The house, original artist’s studio, gardener’s cottage and garden are registered by Heritage Victoria and classified by the National Trust due to their historical significance.
  • The avenue of Linden trees, the Algerian oak and the Spruce forest are individually registered by Heritage Victoria.
The house is a simple building in the rustic Arts and Crafts style favoured by many artists of the time, who rejected the Victorian emphasis on elaborate decoration. However, it has some interesting and unique architectural features.
  • Not all buildings were completed at the one time but they were built for the famed Australian artist (Sir) Arthur Streeton (1867-1943) in 1923-24.
  • There is evidence to suggest that Harold Desbrowe Annear, a close friend of Streeton's was consulted in the design of the buildings on the property.
  • The house (with an attached gallery constructed in 1939) is in an arts and crafts bungalow style. Much of the garden was created by Streeton, who was also a knowledgeable gardener, and he planted many North American species including oaks, lindens, tulip trees, conifers, rhododendrons, fruit trees and alpine plants in the rockery below the studio .


5. Westerfield (1924)
Westerfield was a 45 hectare property purchased in 1920 by Russell and Mabel Grimwade as a farm and rural retreat, in an area which became popular in the 1920s for the holiday houses of Melbourne's most prominent families.
Westerfield from north
Westerfield from north
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Westerfield_From Road_RN_Dec 08
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  • Russell Grimwade (1879-1955) was one of Australia's outstanding industrialists, scientists and philanthropists. He was trained in science, was chairman of numerous chemical companies, including the family pharmaceutical business, Felton Grimwade & Co, which later became Drug Houses of Australia, and of the Victorian Board of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  • His interests included arboriculture, carpentry, photography and forestry, and he was an enthusiast for native plants who published an Anthology of Eucalypts in 1920. At Westerfield he began to plant what became a collection of more than fifty species of gums, as well as acres of lavender and roses, from which oil was distilled.

A house designed by the fashionable Melbourne architect Harold Desbrowe Annear was built at Westerfield in 1924. Nearby was a terraced lawn, a garden and pergola, probably also designed by Annear, an orchard and vegetable garden, and a timber windmill (now demolished) designed to generate electricity for the house.
  • An area of natural bushland east of the house was retained.
  • With the onset of World War II Australia's supply of many essential plant-derived drugs was cut off, and Grimwade, with the aid of the Federal Government, obtained seed from England and cultivated at Westerfield crops of poppies, foxgloves, deadly nightshade, henbane and colchicum. He constructed a drying shed, and with the resources of the family firm's laboratories developed extraction techniques to produce many of the drugs essential for Australia's war effort.
  • The poppy seed grown at Westerfield was distributed to farms around Australia, and was able to satisfy all of Australia's morphine requirements until after the war. Grimwade was knighted in 1950. The property was sold and subdivided after his death.

The Westerfield estate is now on 14 hectares and incorporates a house, garden, paddocks, dam and bushland. The two storey Arts and Crafts style house has ground floor walls of uncoursed locally-quarried granite rubble and a half timber and stucco upper floor.
  • However, the significance of Westerfield lies not only with its architecture but also its owners and its place in a particular Melbourne culture of the 20th century.
  • Conceived as a working farm as well as a retreat, Westerfield's grounds are planted with the eucalypt species Grimwade cultivated and recorded in a photographic study.
  • With his friend Charles Lane-Poole, first Principal of the School of Forestry at Canberra, Grimwade was ahead of his time in matters of conservation and land use, seeking a workable alliance with industry.
  • During the war, the property was given over to growing crops for medicinal drugs; poppies, lavender, foxglove and belladonna. The house, garden and grounds are included in the classification of Westerfield which is considered to be of national significance.


6. Delgany (1925)

Delgany, Nepean Highway, Portsea is a large limestone building with prominent castellated parapets and towers incorporating an eclectic mix of Gothic and Medieval elements.
Harold Armytage’s dream of a castle at Portsea was realised with Delgany.
Harold Armytage’s dream of a castle at Portsea was realised with Delgany.
Delgany has been reborn again, now as luxury apartments.
Delgany has been reborn again, now as luxury apartments.
Now a complex of luxury apartments, Delgany has been a holiday retreat, an army hospital and a school for disabled children.
  • The original parts of the castle-like limestone home were built in 1925 for the Armytage family, and other parts were added in 1953 and 1968.

Created by Harold Desbrowe Annear to be one of the Peninsula’s grandest country homes, Delgany is set on nine acres.
  • The property’s role as a boarding school for 40 years is of historical significance, as is its ties to grazier Harold Armytage — whose ghost has been rumoured to walk the halls.
  • It cost 30,000 pounds to build, but Armytage died not long after it was finished and had little opportunity to enjoy the beautiful property.
  • His sisters lived there until the 1940s, when it became an Army hospital.
  • Four years later the Dominican Sisters took over the property and opened a special school for children with hearing disabilities. Almost twenty years were to elapse before Delgany was extensively upgraded as a restaurant and luxury country retreat., know as the Peppers Resort.
The new Delgany embraces a selection of luxury apartments and houses that provides a unique and exclusive level of residential accommodation. With its long awaited renaissance, this magnificent Portsea landmark fulfils the vision of Desbrowe-Annear, one of Victoria’s foremost architects. And by assuming its rightful position as the ‘jewel in the crown’, Delgany once again confirms that it is the grandest country properties on the Mornington Peninsula.[5] 

Delgany Portsea 1925 House September 2003
Delgany Portsea 1925 House September 2003
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  • It is set in an expansive and largely informal landscaped setting.
  • The building was built in three stages; the original house in 1925 with additions in 1953 and 1968.
  • Delgany was designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear as a large country house for Harold Armytage and his sisters.
  • Melbourne's establishment families constructed many large country houses on the Mornington Peninsula as rural retreats and Delgany in its prominent location, was intended to be one of the grandest of these.
During the Second World War, from 1942 to 1946, the house was used as the 62nd Australian Army Camp Hospital.
  • In 1947 Delgany was sold to the Dominican Sisters who converted (and extended) the house for use as a deaf school with on-site dormitory facilities. The building was again sold in 1985, undergoing conversions to open in 1988 as a restaurant and luxury country retreat.
The main building complex is situated in an elevated position at the south end of the property with panoramic views over the surrounding landscape and coastal area. 
  • The entrance to the site is off the Nepean Highway (also known as Point Nepean Road) where a serpentine drive leads to the building through a treed landscape. Originally the main entrance was a little further to the west but this was moved in the mid 1950s to its current location.
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Delgany Portsea 1953 WIng September 2003
Delgany Portsea Drive September 2003
Delgany Portsea Drive September 2003
  • To facilitate this change a new section of driveway and the tear drop shaped turning circle were also built. The tear shaped turning circle replaced the original driveway layout, which with the garage formed an integral unit, as the garage was designed for the drive to pass through it. It is unclear where the current gates and gate post came from but is thought that they may have been the gates to a large house built on the site during the1880s by the judge Sir Thomas a'Beckett.
The exterior of the 1925 building is an eclectic mix of elements including Tudor castellation, an Italianate loggia with terrace, Voysean buttresses and a tower.
  • This eclecticism is augmented by the addition a number of Annear's signature details including sliding sash windows recessing into the wall space and a distinct chimney design.
  • The external walls are unusually thick (incorporating limestone, reinforced concrete and concrete bricks).
  • The 1953 and 1968 wings are faced in limestone and match the castellated style of the original structure. While not of any particular architectural merit in themselves, the later components come together with the original building to form a largely coherent whole.
  • The interiors of all sections of the main building have been altered, although the 1925 wing retains some of its original plan form and principal spaces. The 1925 garage is a key element of the original Desbrowe Annear design, and retains a formal relationship to the main house.

7. Mawarra, (1925-1927)

Set on 2.78 acres (1.128Ha) the garden - originally known as "The Grove" - by reputation is recognised as the most famous surviving example by renowned garden designer Edna Walling.
  • Whilst both house and garden have undergone extensive restoration and modernisation their historic significance has always remained at the forefront of thinking.
Mawarra, heritage listed house and garden, Sherbrooke, Victoria
Mawarra, heritage listed house and garden, Sherbrooke, Victoria


The property Mawarra, Sherbrooke comprises a house designed in 1925-27 and attributed to the architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear and a garden designed by the prominent and influential garden designer, Edna Walling, in 1932.

Mawarra Sherbrooke, view of house from garden 2011
Mawarra Sherbrooke, view of house from garden 2011
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view of house from north 2011
Originally known as The Grove, the 1.4 hectare property Mawarra was developed for three sisters, Mrs A W McMillan and the Misses Marshall in the popular Dandenong Ranges.
  • They appear to have commissioned noted architect, Harold Desbrowe-Annear, to design a large house in the mid-1920s and some five years later they engaged Edna Walling to design extensive gardens.
  • By the time of their involvement at The Grove, both Desbrowe-Annear and Walling had established themselves as fashionable and prolific designers.
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stone walls and steps 2011
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view from upper terrace down to reflective pool 2011
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view from reflective pool to house 2011
Former tennis court area 2011
Former tennis court area 2011
Edna Walling described Mawarra as a 'symphony in steps and beautiful trees' and the structure of the garden is strengthened and enhanced by the carefully positioned trees and shrubs.
  • The garden has a woodland character and uses a diverse variety of trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants and bulbs, evergreen, deciduous and conifer plants, many displaying spectacular autumn colour, and a variety of leaf shapes and variegations, and plant forms.
  • The planting is dominated by maples, oaks, beeches, magnolias, silver birches, tulip trees, linden, lilly pilly, Douglas firs, and dogwoods.
The formality of the garden is strengthened by the planting of pairs of trees and shrubs either side of the paths and steps, and the garden spaces.
  • The dense planting creates a series of garden rooms between the terraces, through which the pathways pass to give a sense of discovery.
Mawarra entrance, Sherbrooke
Mawarra entrance, Sherbrooke


  • These include a pond area, a silver birch stand under planted with bluebells, an orchard, herbaceous border, Wendy Cottage and formal garden, nursery and tennis court. Along the main garden axis are pairs of plants, beginning with upright Irish Yews, Kalmia latifolia, Cedrella sinensis, and the uncommon Pearl Bush (Exochorda racemosa), a pair of large Purple Beech at the top of the stairs which are framed by dwarf conifers, azaleas, mollis azalea, Japanese maples and camellias.
  • The garden features many of Walling's signature plants, including Viburnum, Philadelphus, Spiraea, Berberis, Cotoneaster, Mahonia, Corylus, Camellia, Aucuba, Amelanchier, Malus, Kolkwitzia, Clethera, Rhododendron and Hydrangea.
The garden provided a setting for the existing 1920s Arts and Crafts style house which incorporates features typical of the work of Desbrowe-Annear.
  • It is a timber and cement-sheet house with tiled roof, half timbering, windows contained within the strapping, random-coursed stone chimneys and a bowed north wall.
  • An east-facing cantilevered balcony, supported on over-sized brackets, is positioned to provide a panoramic view of the countryside and garden.
Mawarra, Sherbrooke
Mawarra, Sherbrooke
Mawarra, Sherbrooke
Mawarra, Sherbrooke
Mawarra, Sherbrooke
Mawarra, Sherbrooke
Mawarra, Sherbrooke
Mawarra, Sherbrooke
Octagonal reflecting pool at Mawarra,  designed by Edna Walling, Sherbrooke Vic.
Octagonal reflecting pool at Mawarra, designed by Edna Walling, Sherbrooke Vic.
Discreetly tucked within the Mawarra grounds, "Edna Walling Cottage". Built in 1936 and based on Princess Elizabeth and Margaret's life-sized dolls house at Royal Lodge Scotland.
Discreetly tucked within the Mawarra grounds, "Edna Walling Cottage". Built in 1936 and based on Princess Elizabeth and Margaret's life-sized dolls house at Royal Lodge Scotland.
The Grove property which features both Mawarra Manor and Edna Walling Cottage is metres from Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenongs, VIctoria.
  • Whether you are coming to the Dandenong Ranges for a night or a week, you will receive a warm welcome at Edna Walling Cottage, the perfect spot for a break from the hassles of city life.
The garden offers a pedigree like no other, the centre piece being the sweeping stone staircase leading to the stunning octagonal reflecting pond at the bottom of the property, described by Edna as “a symphony of steps and trees”.
  • Beautiful vistas and rare plantings reflect the love that has been lavished on “The Grove” over the years with many beautiful paths traversing the grounds quaintly known as “Garden Walk”, “The Reclining Boy Walk”, “Birch Walk” and “Cottage Walk”. Wander through and find the croquet lawn, a cottage garden and an orchard/nursery highlighted by a model Tudor village.[6]

8. Cruden Farm, Murdoch House, Langwarrin (1928)

After his marriage to Elisabeth Greene, Murdoch commissioned Desbrowe-Annear to enlarge and modernise the original Edwardian house.
  • The renovation far exceeded the brief. The main impact of the alterations was to re-orient the house by moving the entrance.
  • The new entrance was dignified by a giant order Tuscan collonade, with slender tapering columns fronting the new living rooms.
  • The old part of the house remained behind, creating the impression that the house had evolved over time, gradually modernising from the front to the back.
Cruden Farm is one of Australia's finest examples of landscape gardening, initially designed by influential Australian landscape designer Edna Walling. The property includes historic buildings, a lake and working farm.
The front of the Main House
The front of the Main House
The striking white columns at the front of Cruden Farm.
The striking white columns at the front of Cruden Farm.
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Glorious Cruden Farm

Cruden Farm was the pride and joy of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. This point is evidenced by the love and hard physical work Dame Elisabeth applied to her precious garden over eighty years.

  • Cruden Farm is one of Australia's finest examples of landscape gardening, initially designed by influential Australian landscape designer Edna Walling.
  • The property includes historic buildings, a lake and working farm.
How It Began
In 1928 journalist and newspaper executive Keith Murdoch gave his 19-year-old bride, Elisabeth Greene, a small farm as a wedding present.
  • Elisabeth loved the property at first sight, but Murdoch, a perfectionist, soon engaged leading design professionals to revitalise the modest weatherboard cottage and old-fashioned garden as a weekend retreat suitable for his family and for entertaining.
  • Harold Desbrowe – Annear extended the cottage, Percy Meldrum designed the stables, and Edna Walling laid out the garden.
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Dame Elisabeth Joy Murdoch AC DBE, previously styled as Lady Murdoch, was an Australian philanthropist. She was the wife of Australian newspaper publisher Sir Keith Murdoch and the mother of American international media proprietor Rupert Murdoch.
DAME Elisabeth Murdoch was a wife, mother, grandmother and matriarch of one of the world's great media families. She was an extraordinary woman who changed the way we saw the world through her spirit, strength and care for others.
As it stands today the garden is the creation of Dame Elizabeth Murdoch it was her who planted the now famous avenue of Eucalyptus citriodora and gave the garden its shape and pleasing character.
Dame Elisabeth devoted her life to her family and in service to others.

"Be optimistic - and always think of other people before yourself," she said in an interview to mark her centenary in 2009.
Six hundred family and friends gathered at Cruden Farm to help her celebrate with music and song.
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It is a paradise with all the natural beauty, sun and (the memory of the) fabulous person who lived here"[7] 
Country classic...the view across the man-made lake to the main house, designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear. Cruden Farm was the Property of Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, on the Mornington Peninsula South of Melbourne. Photo: Andrew Quilty, 2006.
Country classic...the view across the man-made lake to the main house, designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear. Cruden Farm was the Property of Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, on the Mornington Peninsula South of Melbourne. Photo: Andrew Quilty, 2006.

In 1927-28 Keith Arthur Murdoch, (later Sir Keith Murdoch), managing editor of The Herald newspaper, purchased the Cruden Farm property from Mrs M.E. Payne of Langwarrin.

  • The old farmhouse on about 85 acres was situated on the Cranbourne Road within Crown Allotments 50A and 50B, Parish of Langwarrin.
  • Murdoch had already purchased a town residence at 225 Walsh Street, South Yarra.
He then commissioned one of Melbourne's best architects, Harold Desbrowe Annear, to carry out the remodelling of both his South Yarra and Langwarrin houses.
  • Geoffrey Serle writes in the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' (ADB) that Annear designed renovations for both Murdoch houses and Miles Lewis repeats this in his unpublished work, 'Miegunyah'
  • 1986 Dame Elisabeth Murdoch confirms Annear's involvement in Cruden Farm but not in the renovations of the South Yarra house.
If true, this reflects a pattern in Annear's work of designing both town and country houses for some clients. With the Lindsay's Mulberry Hill, Fairbairns' Netherplace, and Grimwade's Westerfield, Cruden Farm is one of a number of houses commissioned from Annear in the Baxter-Langwarrin-Frankston areas in the 1920s for some of Melbourne's most prominent families. These families also formed a circle of close personal friends.[8] 
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Desbrowe-Annear Gardens

Ref: The architect as garden designer : The gardens of Harold Desbrowe-Annear in Victoria 1901-1933

Edquist, H 2001, 'The architect as garden designer : The gardens of Harold Desbrowe-Annear in Victoria 1901-1933', Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 54-65.

1. M.H. Baillieu Residence And Garden

The former M.H. Baillieu residence and garden, 729 Orrong Road, Toorak, designed by noted architect H. Desbrowe Annear in 1925 and retained in family ownership for over four decades, is of State cultural significance:
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  • for the largely unaltered residence which retains unpainted tapestry brickwork and cement render, and the design of which is an accomplish mix of classically-derived elements used with a Baroque exuberance;
  • for the layout, design and major planting of the garden; this aspect illustrates a prevailing enthusiasm for Italian and Mediterranean influenced gardens and this is amongst the best surviving examples in Victoria of this style, especially given the complementary ensemble of house and garden and the general intactness of the design;
  • for the design and workmanship of its architectural landscape elements, including retaining walls, garden walls, steps, balustrades, tennis court, the drive and pathways; the external masonry wall is of special importance for its design (which incorporates architectural elements of the residence and has oculi with wrought iron bars permitting vistas into and out of the garden);
  • for its planting, especially the mature trees and cypress hedges, and the tradition of planting the perennial borders.
  • for its aesthetic qualities, principally derived from the vistas within the garden, changes of level, mature planting and consistent use of masonry for architectural elements of the garden;Bailleau house and garden.jpg
  • for the survival of the plan by Harold Desbrowe Annear, a towering figure in the history of Australian architecture and design; his garden plans are extremely scarce and this plan communicates ideas not fully realised in the property; and
  • for the manner in which it demonstrates an important phase in the urban development of Toorak and South Yarra, long regarded as the elite residential area of Melbourne; it is linked in its significance to the nearby mansion Trawalla on whose garden it was developed.

2. Cranlana Garden (1932)

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The Cranlana mansion, which sits on one of the biggest residential blocks in Toorak, was built in 1903 – but substantially extended and remodelled around 1929, after it was bought by businessman and philanthropist Sidney Myer and his wife Dame Merlyn Myer.
  • In 1932, additional land on the northern boundary of the estate was purchased by Mr Myer, which enabled the construction of a sunken formal garden. The massive property is hidden behind grand wrought iron gates.
  • The garden, considered to be one of the finest in Victoria, includes vast lawns and open spaces, deciduous and evergreen specimen trees, colourful shrubs, clipped conifers and hedges, rows of Italian Cypress, water features, statues, ornaments and a Pin Oak tree lined driveway.
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Russian-born Myer came to Australia in 1899 and was to found Australia's premier department store chain.
  • The first residence at Cranlana was erected in about 1903 and was purchased in 1921 by Sidney Myer who substantially remodelled it between 1929-1930 to designs prepared by HW and FP Tomkins, architects.
  • Further alterations were made between 1937 and 1940 and again in 1982 after a fire upstairs. Sidney Myer resided at Cranlana until his death in 1934. Dame Merlyn Myer also resided there until her death in 1982. Cranlana continues to be owned and maintained by the Myer family.
In 1932 additional land was purchased on the north side, which enabled the construction of the sunken formal garden which, along with the front fence and gateway were designed by Desbrowe Annear who adopted the Italianate style. 
  • The landscape design has strong axial lines involving the main driveway, front door and windows of the residence and the garden, and pathways, and their relationship is a vital component of the design. These axial lines are highlighted by imported Italian marble statues, ornate urns, garden ornaments, paving and steps, and planting.
  • The decorative wrought iron gates incorporating the Myer shield were hand wrought by Caslake's, Melbourne's premier iron founders of the period. After Annear's death in 1933 the garden was completed under the supervision of Yuncken, Freeman and Freeman by early 1934. A further scheme to the front entrance was prepared in 1937 by Yuncken, Freeman, Freeman and Griffith, and renovations in 1938 followed the general style of these plans.
Cranlana is of exceptional aesthetic and architectural importance in possessing a landscape design of outstanding quality making a masterly use of the site. 
  • The major significant attributes of this outstanding landscape design are: the spatial relationship of the residence within the landscape, the sunken formal garden which is the finest example of its type in Victoria, the lawns and open spaces, the plantings with their excellent use of deciduous and evergreen specimen trees, colourful shrubs, clipped conifers and hedges, row of Italian Cypress, the water features, statues and ornaments, the changes of level, the gateway, the drive and turning circle with its centralQuercus palustris (Pin Oak), and the planting along the south side of the driveway.
  • The formal axial driveway culminating in a roundabout leading to the main house links the two major sections of the ornamental garden and the residence. The western garden with its older tree plantings and open lawns provide an important balance and visual link to the sunken garden to the north of the house. The two sections of the garden and house combine to create the cultural heritage significance of the property.



Photo feature:

Harold Desbrowe-Annear, one of Melbourne's most celebrated architects

Domain magazine of the SMH, Age and other newspapers

From the book "Harold Desbrowe-Annear: A life in Architecture" by Harriet Edquist
From the book "Harold Desbrowe-Annear: A life in Architecture" by Harriet Edquist


References


Heritage listed Desbrowe-Annear Projects

from the Heritage Victoria Database
ImageNameDetailListing Authority
external image 44656.jpgWESTERFIELD
72-118 ROBINSONS ROAD FRANKSTON SOUTH, FRANKSTON
Westerfield was a 45 hectare property purchased in 1920 by Russell and Mabel Grimwade as a farm and rural retreat, in an area which became popular in the 1920s for... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H2200
external image 67447.jpg
Myer Emporium & Napier Waller Mural
314 Bourke Street,MELBOURNE, Melbourne
The Myer Emporium holds a unique place in Melbourne's social and retail business history. The department store occupies a double site between Bourke and Lonsdale and Little Bourke Streets... more
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National Trust
external image 186209.jpgOfficer House
55 Outlook Drive,EAGLEMONT, Banyule
Group Statement with Annear & Chadwick Houses. A group of three houses is set out along a steeply sloping hillside at Eaglemont; each was to the design of Harold Desbrowe Annear... more
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external image 77666.jpgOfficer House
55 OUTLOOK DRIVE EAGLEMONT, BANYULE
Built in 1903, 55 Outlook Drive, Eaglemont, often referred to as the Officer House, is a residence designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear. Annear was one of Australia's... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H2082
external image 78473.jpgDELGANY
3809 POINT NEPEAN ROAD and 2, 3 & 4 DESBROWE ANNEAR WAY and 2-28 ARMYTAGE DRIVE and 1-29 ARMYTAGE DRIVE and 20-22 DELGANY AVENUE PORTSEA, MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE
Delgany, Nepean Highway, Portsea is a large limestone building with prominent castellated parapets and towers incorporating an eclectic mix of Gothic and Medieval elements. It... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H2058
external image 77636.jpgMACGEORGE HOUSE
25 RIVERSIDE ROAD IVANHOE, Banyule
Built in 1911, the Macgeorge House (also known as Fairy Hills) is situated at the intersection of the Yarra River and Darebin Creek in Ivanhoe. A substantial bungalow, it is...moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H2004
external image 77908.jpgCHURCH STREET BRIDGE
CHAPEL STREET SOUTH YARRA and CHURCH STREET RICHMOND and CHURCH STREET CREMORNE, STONNINGTON, YARRA
The Church Street Bridge, completed in 1924, is one of the five major metropolitan bridges over the Yarra River. The crossing between Chapel Street and Church Street was...moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H1917
external image 77908.jpgChurch Street Bridge
Church Street / Chapel Street / Alexandra Ave,RICHMOND, Yarra
The Church Street bridge, completed in 1924, is historically, technically and aesthetically significant at State level. HISTORICALLY - Replacing an earlier iron bridge over this... more
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National Trust
external image 78413.jpgLongacres
15 Range Road,OLINDA, Yarra Ranges Shire
Longacres, built in 1924-25 as the residence of eminent artist Sir Arthur Streeton (1867-1943), is of national historical significance as the only surviving building associated with... more
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external image 69111.jpgLONGACRES
15 RANGE ROAD OLINDA, Yarra Ranges Shire
Longacres constitutes a house and gallery, a painting studio, a caretakers residence and several outbuildings arranged in an informal garden on approximately 5 acres of land. Not...moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H1876

external image 77850.jpgCRANLANA
62 and 62A CLENDON ROAD TOORAK, STONNINGTON
The property known as Cranlana was developed by the businessman and philanthropist Sidney Myer and his wife Dame Merlyn Myer. Russian-born Myer came to Australia in 1899 and was to... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H1293
external image 26936.jpgCHADWICK HOUSE
32-34 THE EYRIE EAGLEMONT, Banyule
Chadwick House, 32-34 The Eyrie, was designed in 1904 by the architect Harold Desbrowe Annear for his father-in-law, James Chadwick. The house is a two-storey, Medieval inspired Arts... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H1156
external image 77554.jpgEAST VIEW
16 MARTIN STREET HEIDELBERG, Banyule
East View, 16 Martin Street, Heidelberg is a medium sized residence built on two levels that utilise the fall of the land. East View is a particularly fine example... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H1033
external image 77552.jpgThe Annear House
36 - 38 The Eyrie EAGLEMONT, BANYULE
Group Statement with Officer & Chadwick Houses. A group of three houses is set out along a steeply sloping hillside at Eaglemont; each was to the design of Harold Desbrowe...more
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external image 77552.jpgDESBROWE ANNEAR HOUSE
38 THE EYRIE EAGLEMONT, Banyule
Harold Desbrowe Annear was one of Australia's leading and most innovative Arts and Crafts architects of the early twentieth century. The house at 38 The Eyrie, Eaglemont,...moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H1009
external image 68823.jpgKATANGA
372 GLENFERRIE ROAD MALVERN, Stonnington
Katanga was commenced in 1931 and completed in early 1933, just before the death of its architect Harold Desbrowe Annear. Built for Mr Wesley Ince and his wife, it is a two... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H0935
external image 119117.jpgChadwick House
32 - 34 The Eyrie EAGLEMONT, BANYULE
Group Statement with Annear & Officer Houses. A group of three houses is set out along a steeply sloping hillside at Eaglemont; each was to the design of Harold Desbrowe... more
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National Trust
external image 91750.jpgMulberry Hill
385 Golf Links Road LANGWARRIN SOUTH, FRANKSTON
What is significant ? Mulberry Hill was built as the country home of Sir Daryl and Lady Joan Lindsay in 1926-27. Sir Daryl was to become well known as an artist,... more
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external image 77781.jpgMULBERRY HILL
385 GOLF LINKS ROAD LANGWARRIN SOUTH, Frankston
Mulberry Hill is remembered as the home of Sir Daryl (1889-1976) and Joan Lindsay (d.1984) and as a place frequented by other members of the famous Lindsay family and some of... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H0745


external image 68894.jpgGREENWICH HOUSE
75-77 IRVING ROAD TOORAK, Stonnington
Greenwich House is a large Toorak mansion built in 1869 for the merchant and politician James Lorimer, probably to the design of the architect Leonard Terry. The two storey... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H0693
external image 77741.jpgSPRINGTHORPE MEMORIAL, BOROONDARA GENERAL CEMETERY
430-440 HIGH STREET KEW, BOROONDARA
The Springthorpe Memorial within the Boroondara Cemetery (VHR0049)commemorates Annie Springthorpe, and was erected in 1897 by her husband Dr John Springthorpe. It was... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H0522
external image 67748.jpg
Springthorpe Memorial- Bertram Mackennal
Cnr High Street and Parkhill Road,KEW, Boroondara
A free composition in the Greek Doric style and once considered to be "the most beautiful work of its kind in Australia" (Argus 23.6.1933). An important early work (1897) of the... more
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National Trust
external image 1117.jpgBeleura Garden
42-44 Kalimna Drive,MORNINGTON, Mornington Peninsula Shire
Beleura, built c.1863, enjoyed as a summer retreat by a succession of owners, with the nucleus of the estate purchased in 1916 (after subdivision) by the Tallis family, then... more
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external image 68613.jpgBELEURA
42-44 KALIMNA DRIVE MORNINGTON, Mornington Peninsula Shire
Erected by James Butchart between c.1860 and c.1865, Beleura is one of several stately homes constructed as summer retreats along the Mornington Peninsula between 1860 and... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H0319
external image 77712.jpgTINTERN
10 TINTERN AVENUE TOORAK, Stonnington
Tintern is a single storey mansion erected in 1855 for William Westgarth. The oldest part of the house is a ten room portable iron dwelling, manufactured by W. and...moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H0208
external image 77675.jpgBOROONDARA GENERAL CEMETERY
430-440 HIGH STREET KEW, BOROONDARA
Boroondara Cemetery, established in 1858, is within an unusual triangular reserve bounded by High Street, Park Hill Road and Victoria Park, Kew. The caretaker's lodge and... moreVictorian Heritage Register (VHR)
H0049
external image 63429.jpgMclnnes house
54 Lucerne Crescent ALPHINGTON, YARRA
The following wording is from the Allom and Lovell Building Citation, 1998 for the property. Please note that this is a "Building Citation", not a "Statement of Significance". For... more
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Yarra City
HO74
external image 64657.jpgMay house
93 Lucerne Crescent ALPHINGTON, YARRA
The following wording is from the Allom and Lovell Building Citation, 1998 for the property. Please note that this is a "Building Citation", not a "Statement of Significance". For... more
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Yarra City
HO77
external image 189973.jpg284 Orrong Road
284 Orrong Road, CAULFIELD, GLEN EIRA
A house designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear in 1917 and believed to have been the first "all electric" house in Melbourne. It has been extensively altered. Classified: 04/09/1975... more
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National Trust


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65649
STANHOPE RESIDENCE AND GARDEN, 10 PETER STREET, (BOUNDED BY PETER, FAY AND STANHOPE STREETS) ELTHAM
10 PETER STREET ELTHAM, NILLUMBIK SHIRE
REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010The c1910 residence, as well as the c1920s east side verandah and the c1946 extensions on the north and south... more
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Nillumbik Shire
HO149
external image 44656.jpgWesterfield
86 - 96 Robinson's Road, FRANKSTON, FRANKSTON
Designed in 1924 for Russell and Mabel Grimwade by Harold Desbrowe Annear, Westerfield is the most intact example of the series of houses Annear remodelled, or designed on the Mornington... more
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National Trust
external image 15681.jpgThe Gair House
7 Muriel Street GLEN IRIS, Boroondara
The former Gair residence, 7 Muriel Street, Glen Iris, is of local historical and architectural significance. The house is representative generally of the larger Tudor-flavored... more
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Boroondara City
HO398
external image 67083.jpg'Allanvale', Allanvale Road, GREAT WESTERN
Allanvale Road GREAT WESTERN, NORTHERN GRAMPIANS SHIRE
Allanvale Homestead off the Allanvale Tuckershill Road at Great Western, has significance as a moderately intact example of a 19th century sheep station with the evolution of the... more
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Northern Grampians Shire
external image 26785.jpgPeroomba House
80-82 Castle Street HEIDELBERG, Banyule
Peroomba is a typical though not as distinguished example of the Arts and Crafts style of prominent architect Harold Desbrowe Annear. The house features many of his characteristic... more
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Banyule City
HO98
external image 26936.jpgTHE CHADWICK HOUSE
32-34 The Eyrie HEIDELBERG, Banyule
32-34 The Eyrie is of considerable architectural and historical significance. Substantially intact, 32-34 The Eyrie is one of three houses constructed on the Eaglemont Estate... more

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HO56
external image 26938.jpgTHE ANNEAR HOUSE
36-38 The Eyrie HEIDELBERG, Banyule
36-38 The Eyrie is of considerable architectural and historic significance. Substantially intact, 36-38 The Eyrie is one of three houses constructed on the Eaglemont Estate.... more

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Banyule City
HO67
external image 77636.jpgMACGEORGE HOUSE
25 Riversdale Road IVANHOE, Banyule
25 Riverside Road is of considerable architectural and historic significance. The building was the home of prominent artist and critic Norman MacGeorge, reflecting the... more
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Banyule City
HO51
external image 198861.jpgSpringdale
190 Gwyther Siding Road LEONGATHA SOUTH, South Gippsland Shire
'Springdale', the former Martin residence, designed by H Desbrowe Annear and constructed in 1905 at 190 Gwyther Siding Road, Leongatha South. 'Springdale', the former... more
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South Gippsland Shire
HO64
external image 77823.jpgInce House (Katanga)
372 Glenferrie Road,MALVERN, Stonnington
One of Harold Desbrowe Annear's last works, 372 Glenferrie Road was designed for Mr Wesley Ince and his wife and completed early in 1933 a few months prior to the architect's death in... more
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external image 174815.jpgGlynt
10 Greenslade Court, MOUNT MARTHA, MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE
House by Harold Desbrowe Annear, c.1914... more
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Delgany
Nepean Highway,PORTSEA, Mornington Peninsula Shire
Delgany is of state significance as being externally one of the most impressive twentieth century mansions in Victoria. Set in nearly five hectares of landscaped gardens, Delgany is a... more
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National Trust
external image 26912.jpgBRAY HOUSE
234 Rosanna Road ROSANNA, Banyule
234 Rosanna Road is of considerable architectural significance. Externally largely intact, 234 Rosanna Road is one of a number of houses in the municipality designed by... more
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Banyule City
HO55
external image 77850.jpgCranlana Garden
62 Clendon Road,TOORAK, Stonnington
Cranlana, developed by businessman and philanthropist Sidney and his wife Merlyn Myer in 1921-34 and maintained by the Myer family since that period, is of State significance: -... more
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a18771.jpgFormer M.H. Baillieu Residence And Garden
729 Orrong Road TOORAK, STONNINGTON
The former M.H. Baillieu residence and garden, 729 Orrong Road, Toorak, designed by noted architect H. Desbrowe Annear in 1925 and retained in family ownership for over four decades, is... more
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Tintern Garden
10 Tintern Avenue,TOORAK, Stonnington
Tintern's garden was subdivided in 1902 to its present size,during the ownership of architect Walter Butler. The reduced site was possibly re-landscaped by Desbrowe Annear in the... more
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