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  • Writer's pictureJon Ruwolt

Federation splendour fit for a Lord Mayor

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

Fit for a Lord Mayor and built for one in c1912, this sympathetically restored 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom sandstone Federation villa claims a corner position on one of Medindie's finest, tree-lined avenues.

10 Dutton Terrace, Medindie SA 5081

Decorative fireplaces, ceilings and leadlight fill many of its 12 elegantly preserved main rooms.

The formal living room is filled with ornate timber, 3-metre fireplace, large bay window and glorious leadlight.

The dining room has wainscoting, picture rails and a chandelier.

BUILT circa 1912 for Adelaide mayor Sir Wallace Bruce, this sandstone Federation villa in Medindie has been sympathetically restored and is now offered to the market for the first time in 30 years.

Sir Bruce, who personally commissioned the family home at 10 Dutton Tce Medinidie, is claimed to have lived at the property for about 13 years, right up to his initial election as Lord Mayor in 1925, a position he served for three consecutive years.

But history lives on, from the original butler's pantry, dry cellar and solid interior doors, to full-height storage of the "East Wing" where the maid rested, and the original servant bell is still affixed to the 13-inch* thick wall...

“The one Lady Bruce and Miss Gwen no doubt rang often,” Mr Scalamera said.

“The names of the servants are also still clearly legible.”

Sweeping verandahs w/ intricate tessellated tiles

The established, private gardens encircle the estate with four terraces including a wisteria-draped return verandah

Many history-rich characteristics still feature today, including the original butler’s pantry, a dry cellar and solid interior doors, full-height storage of the “East Wing” where the maid rested, and, of course, the original servant bell — still affixed to the 13-inch thick wall.

The master bedroom has a dressing room adjoining a heritage-style ruby and cream en suite...


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