Blair Athol in Brighton

by AF

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Blair Athol, Brighton

Blair Athol was built in 1872 for Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Menzies – hoteliers who owned the Menzies Hotel on the corner of Bourke and William Streets in the Melbourne CBD.

The two-storey home was designed by Lloyd Taylor, who also designed ‘Chevy Chase’ and ‘Kamesburgh’ and was inspired by a house in the modern gothic or modernised domestic gothic style that appeared in Villas and Cottages by H W Paul and Oliver Ayliffe (1864-1865).

The house was once on a much larger block fronting Menzies Street, but access is now via Leslie Grove at the rear. At some point it was subdivided with smaller blocks sold off as part of the ‘Blair Athol Estate’.

In 1994, former Tabcorp and Southcorp CEO Ross Wilson purchased the house from former Just Jeans boss Craig Kimberley for $2.95 million.

The house was previously listed for sale in 2008 with expectations of over $8 million.

The Menzies Hotel. Built by Dame Nellie Melba’s father David Mitchell and completed in 1867. Bulldozed in 1969. Image via the State Library of Victoria.


5 Leslie Grove, Brighton, Melbourne

Listing information and images via

City of Bayside Heritage Review Volume 1, 1999. (PDF)