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Category: Italianate

Botanic Chambers Terrace in Adelaide

Botanic Chambers, Adelaide
Expressions of Interest

Botanic Chambers is a group of seven Victorian Italianate terrace houses which adjoin the Botanic Hotel. They were designed by architect Michael McMullen and built for Richard Vaughan in 1876 – 1877. Mr. Vaughan founded the East-End Market in nearby Rundle Street, and had also developed several other hotels and villas, including the Kensington Hotel. Read the rest of this entry »


Jenner House, Potts Point

Jenner House, Potts Point

The heritage-listed Jenner House (c1871), along with Bomera and Tarana just down the road, is one of the few surviving marine villas in Potts Point.

The site was part of the original 1866 subdivision of the Alexander Macleay 55 acre Elizabeth Bay estate. Lebbeus Hordern, brother of Anthony Hordern, acquired the 99 year lease to the site and commissioned colonial architect Edmund Blacket to design a 2-storey house in the Regency Revival style. The northern wing was originally the servants quarters. The house, called Stramshall, was later transferred to J. T. Neale in 1875.  Read the rest of this entry »

Blair Athol, Bathurst

Blair Athol, Bathurst

Blair Athol (c1891-1892) was built as the home of solicitor and Bathurst Council Mayor John McPhillamy and his family. Mr. and Mrs. McPhillamy lived in the home with their son and three daughters. One of their daughters – Majorie – went on to marry Lord Abinger (Hugh Scarlett) of Inverlochy Castle in 1913.

By the 1930s, the house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Gilmour – another prominent Bathurst family. Their daughter, Una Gilmour, was also married to royalty (albeit briefly) as she married Count Marcio Vincenzo Romano while travelling in Europe.  Read the rest of this entry »

Lethington to be sold at auction

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortuna Villa still seeking buyer

Fortuna Villa, Bendigo’s most elaborate mansion, failed to receive a satisfactory offer during its sale-by-tender campaign which ended on December 7. A total of six tenders were received prior to the deadline, but did not meet expectations. A further three tenders were made after the deadline but were not opened.

The Defence Department will review marketing options and place the historic 60-room mansion back on the market this year. It was reported earlier that they were hoping for offers of around $3 million, however Labor’s Federal Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons, believes this figure is too high.

*Update: The villa was reported to have sold at auction on April 12, 2013, for $3,000,000, but the sale fell through. It later sold to a private individual for $2.21 million

Read more about Fortuna here.

Historic Bendigo mansion up for sale again, ABC News, January 4, 2013.
Bendigo’s Fortuna Villa fails to sell, Bendigo Advertiser, January 3, 2013.

Monegeetta’s Mintaro sold on auction day

Mintaro sold for $3 million on its auction day on November 15, with the new buyers planning to restore the grand Italianate mansion and open it to the public by offering tours in the future.

Read more about Mintaro here.

Fortuna to be sold in Army surplus sale

Fortuna, Bendigo

Bendigo’s and even Victoria’s most extravagant historic home is on sale for the first time in 70 years as the Defence Department find it surplus to their needs.

‘Fortuna’ has a history dating back to the 1850s when it was built by miner Theodore Ballerstedt. It began as a modest single-storey home, but over the years Ballerstedt made many additions including adding extra floors, stables, a billiard room, lookout tower and Roman baths. He sold the mine and property to mining entrepreneur and ‘Quartz King’ George Lansell in 1871 for £60,000, and Mr. Lansell then continued to add to the home over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

Mt Rothwell Homestead

Mt. Rothwell Homestead
Expression of Interest

The Mt. Rothwell Homestead is a heritage-listed home built in 1873 for pastoralist Robert Chirnside. Mr. Chirnside purchased the land in 1865 and had architect P. Colquhuoun design the blustone Victorian Italianate mansion.  It is historically significant for its association with the Chirnside family – one of the leading pastoral families with extensive land holdings throughout the colony.

It is also architecturally significant as it remains a relatively intact example of a 19th century pastoral home. Some of the original features include hand-painted ceilings and walls by American artist Clay Beeler. These are said to be the last remaining examples in a private home in Victoria. Read the rest of this entry »

Late Victorian in Bronte

Bronte Road, Sydney

One of the Waverley area’s best surviving Late Victorian villas is still for sale after it failed to sell at an auction in October. *Update: The house sold in December 2012 for $5.6 million

The two-story Italianate home, complete with castellated tower, was built sometime between 1880 and 1883 (sources vary). The elaborate stucco, scrollwork, iron lace and etched glass front door are all said to be original. Read the rest of this entry »

Monegeetta’s Mintaro up for auction

Mintaro, Monegeetta
Auction SOLD

‘Mintaro’ is an imposing Italianate country mansion just outside of Melbourne. The house is being put up for auction in November with a reserve price of $3 million. (Update: The house sold for $3 million).

The 2-storey rendered brick home was built in 1881-1882 for Captain Robert Gardiner at a cost of £22,000. It was designed by prominent architect James Gall, who also designed the ‘Frognall’ and ‘Noorilim’ mansions.

The design was said to be influenced by Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s summer residence on the Isle of Wight, but it also described as a small replica of Melbourne’s Government House (built 1876). Read the rest of this entry »