Appian Way, Burwood
Appian Way Burwood
Above: George J. Hoskins, ironmaster, founder of the firm of G. & C. Hoskins, 1876, 1922 / G.F. Harris
“A rare Edwardian ‘garden city’ bungalow precinct with excellent Federation Queen Anne and at least one Federation Arts and Crafts architectural and landscape detail, largely intact streetscape, around an unusual and beautifully landscaped oval, containing a resident-owned recreational and sporting facility.”
“The design and construction of the estate was based on a vision of suburban utopia of its owner George Hoskins who was instrumental in developing the steel industry in NSW.”
"probably the finest Edwardian bungalow precinct in Sydney. By virtue of its architectural cohesiveness, idyllic landscaped environment of street and allotment alike with community related sports reserve, this development sets a high standard by today’s criteria”. (National Trust, 1977)"
The main thoroughfare itself, completed by 1905, is named after Appian Way (Latin and Italian: Via Appia), the most important ancient Roman road which connected Rome to Brindisi, Apulia in south-east Italy. Its meandering path heightened the informal tone of the estate, only now fully complemented by the mature trees.
Hoskins allegedly planned for his niece to have them named after towns lying on the original Appian Way in Italy, but only four eventuated, 'Roma', 'Brindisi', 'Capua', and 'Alba Longa'
All bar two houses are single storey, 'Brianza' (for sale Feb 2019) and the now-demolished 'Brindisi' gaining a second floor so they could capture some aspect of the green.
10 October 2008 - Garry Barnsley and Tony Stephens
THE Hoskins family had two pieces of good fortune in the 19th century.
Firstly, an unsuccessful goldmining venture by George and Charles Hoskins produced a silver lining: the brothers found they were better at engineering than at digging up nuggets.
They used their heads and hands to work with iron and steel, building things such as boilers and steam engines.
Their second stroke of luck came in 1882, by which time the brothers had 65 employees in Sydney - and the city was facing an earlier water shortage.
The family company turned to making steel pipes to move water - and went on to build what was then the world's longest pipeline, and Australia's first engineering landmark, from Perth to the Coolgardie goldfields.
Read more: Sydney Morning Herald
Additional tennis courts replaced the croquet lawn in 1909, and later the bowling green as well.
Residents formed the Appian Way Recreation Club Limited in 1913, taking up 97 1 pound shares out of a capital of 200 pounds, with Hoskins' son Leslie (also a resident) holding the remainder as a majority shareholder.
Above left: the Hoskins Estate, Above: Appian Way Urban Conservation Area
Appian Way Conservation Area
Appian Way Conservation Area
1-25 & 2A-18 Appian Way;
302-318 Burwood Road;
and 70-78 Liverpool Road (Austinlee Estate)
“The original Hoskins’ Estate dating from the early 1900’s consisted of 39 allotments, with 36 houses fronting Burwood Road, Appian Way and Liverpool Road plus a recreation reserve.
The properties are large, ranging from a quarter acre to three-quarters of an acre, (0.1ha to 0.3ha) and irregularly shaped. ”
“The Conservation Area currently comprises 41 houses, 31 of which are reasonably intact, a recreation area consisting of three lawn tennis courts with a weatherboard pavilion, and landscape elements such as street trees and picket fences.
"Five (5) houses (Numbers 70-78 Liverpool Road, southern side) within the Conservation Area are not in the Hoskins Estate but in the Austinlee Estate and three (3) houses of the original estate fronting Liverpool Road are not in the Conservation Area.” – NSW Heritage Register – Appian Way Precinct"
'Alba Longa;, 4 Appian Way Burwood, is the most memorable Appian Way house, and a classic example of Federation Queen Anne style, by builder William Richards.
29 MARCH 2015
Tennis interrupted as Alba Longa, the Appian Way, Burwood trophy home sold
Alba Longa, the restored Queen Anne style home on Burwood's Appian Way, sold at weekend auction for $4,725,000.
There were $4 million plus hopes for the six bedroom, four bathroom 1907 home, so the eight registered parties had no chance of plundering the trophy home offering.
Indeed only three bidders actually got the chance to compete after the $3.8 million opening bid.
It was renovated in 2003.
'Alba Longa' in Appian Way Burwood
a rare Appian Way sale (in 2015)
"When wealthy industrialist George J. Hoskins built his model housing estate in the early 1900s, he decreed they were to be occupied by “selected tenants of appropriate social standing”.
Living on Appian Way was aspirational then, and remains so today with the surviving homes heritage-listed and rarely traded.
When they do sell, these properties fetch some of the suburb’s highest prices.
It’s not difficult to see why.
Appian Way delivers the visitor back in time with its grand Federation homes winding along a tree-lined avenue and around a central green owned by the residents and hosting a lawn tennis club and Edwardian pavilion clubhouse.
You will find all the expected period features – marble and cast iron fireplaces, stained glass and leadlight windows, picture rails and ceiling roses – but there is a lightness to their treatment which allows the home to be fresh and bright."
It will take a large family to fill its many rooms. There are two formal living rooms at the front of the home, one beneath the property’s octagonal tower which presents as a sunny alcove in the far corner of the room.
This room opens onto the covered verandah which wraps around the north-west corner of the house.
Six bedrooms march their way down a long, wide hall. The three on the eastern side of the house open onto a sunroom and one of these is custom-fitted as a study. The main bedroom faces west and has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite plus access to the verandah.
The modern kitchen and the family living and dining spaces sit at the back of the home and open to a vergola-covered deck with built-in seating.
For a look inside 'Alba Longa' check out "Inside 4 Appian Way" below
Nov 7, 2018 - A RARE opportunity to buy into one of the Sydney's most exclusive streets has presented itself, with a property at 3 Appian Way in Burwood:
Richards was a builder of federation arts and crafts style houses in Sydney and the southern highlands of NSW from 1880 to about 1940.
He designed and built the houses of the heritage listed Appian Way in Burwood as well as mansions for the Hordern family.
The houses of Appian Way are, without doubt, some of Sydney's finest examples of Federation housing.
He formed his own company, W Richards & Sons, and the twenty years after his move to Burwood would have been very busy - with the Appian Way houses (completed in 1911), shops in Burwood Road, the tower on St.Paul's church, the observatory in the grounds of "St Clouds" and other unknown houses.
William also built the following:
Retford Park, East Bowral, built for Samuel Hordern 1887.
Anthony Horderns new buildings in Sussex Street, Sydney, and additions to the New Palace Emporium. Architects Morrow & de Putron.
Babworth House, Darling Point, built for Sir Samuel Hordern. Architects Morrow & du Putron.
Built 1912 - 1915. See the state heritage inventory web site where it is described thus: "an excellent and rare example of the Federation Arts and Crafts style in grand domestic architecture in Australia."
“The picturesque houses create an asymmetrical, multi-gabled roofscape with a variety of materials used such as slate and terracotta tiles and feature varied designs.
“The houses are complemented with landscaped gardens, lawns and a nature strip with Brush Box trees.
The serpentine street runs between Burwood Road and Liverpool Road with a communal reserve that has been converted into a lawn tennis club.
“Homes in the street are designed in various Federation styles. Many are in the Federation Queen Anne style, but other styles are also represented. Erica and St Ellero are designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style, while Casa Tasso and Ostia are just two out of several examples of the Federation Bungalow style”.
More at Wikipedia:
The Houses of Appian Way Estate
An asymmetrical, multi-gabled roofscape
Below: 'St. Ellero', 5 Appian Way Burwood NSW