• Jon Ruwolt

Arts and Crafts Kooyong trophy home 'Grenfell'

Updated: Aug 12, 2019



Grenfell, a Kooyong home with rich publishing history, has been offered for sale. The Mernda Road arts-and-crafts-style home, in Edna Walling-designed gardens, was designed in 1932 by architects Godfrey & Spowers. the firm famous for creating the old Argus newspaper building on the Elizabeth and Latrobe Sts corner in 1926 and Bank of New South Wales branches in Melbourne’s CBD.

Kay & Burton's Ross Savas and Steven Rode has a guide of between $5.5 million and $6 million.


View of tapestry brickwork at Grenfell, 9 Mernda Road Kooyong Vic 3144

'Grenfell' was built in the early 1930s for Hugh Randall Syme, a grandson of David Syme whose family held The Age for decades.

He was a highly decorated bomb detection naval officer in World War II and later became general manager of David Syme & Co.


Driveway, 9 Mernda Road Kooyong Vic 3144

The home was sold by the Syme family to its current vendors in 2001 for $1.49 million.

It is considered “of regional significance as a pioneering design reflecting a modern interpretation of the Arts and Crafts idiom”, according to Victorian Heritage documents.

The property is enhanced by the intact early landscaping by Edna Walling.


Lounge room, 9 Mernda Road Kooyong

The four bedroom home is built with timber beamed ceilings, open fireplaces, rustic stonework, external tapestry brickwork and small-paned windows.


Set well beyond wide street frontage with high fence and electric wrought iron gate seclusion, a picturesque Tudor-inspired façade with its beautiful sandstone and tapestry brickwork heralds a largely original Arts & Crafts interior.


Executive study or fifth bedroom, Grenfell 9 Mernda Road Kooyong Vic 3144

This impressive home includes arched entry to a superb hall