Lethington to be sold at auction

by AF

Lethington, Summer Hill
Update: SOLD for $2,305,000

Lethington, a grand residence in Sydney’s Summer Hill, is going up for auction in March. The Victorian Free Classical / Italianate Gentleman’s Residence was built by William Fowler in 1883.

Mr. Fowler sold the house a year later to M.B. Bowen, but moved back into the home by 1892, possibly having purchased it when it was up for sale in 1888. It was described in the 1888 sale listing as a large modern residence, faithfully built, with stables, coach house, loft, man’s room, vegetable garden, orchard and paddock. The Fowler family are presumed to have named the house ‘Lethington’ in 1894.

The house was later occupied by William’s son Cosmo Fowler and his wife until it was advertised for sale in 1919. The historic auction description by Richardson and Wrench described the property as a Gentleman’s Residence, solidly built of brick, slate roof, in perfect order, containing double drawing room, dining, breakfast and sewing room, 5 bedrooms, bathroom, servant’s room, kitchen with gas and fuel stoves, scullery, laundry, 3 pantries, brick stabling, motor garage, man’s room and loft, tennis court.

It was then became the residence of Mr. Eustace W. Fieldhouse, a dentist. He passed away in 1924, but the house remained in the Fieldhouse family until at least the early 1940s. It later became the Lethington Community Centre.

For Sale

The auction of the home is scheduled for March 16. It last sold in 2000 for $845,000 and appears to have had some attempts at renovations over the past decade. *Update: The house sold for $2,305,000.

The land has been subdivided over the years and the tennis court and paddocks have long since gone. The coach house and servant’s quarters remain at the rear of the residence.


133 Smith Street, Summer Hill, Sydney

Listing information and images via Realestate.com.au


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