Price reduced at Cataract Gorge
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
Norvic was one of the first homes to go up in the newly subdivided estate of Trevallyn, about 15 minutes’ walk West from the city centre.
These houses, built on the steep hillside to the west of the Tamar River and north of Cataract Gorge, have been described by historians as excellent examples of the city’s Federation-era dwellings.
Although advertised as a Victorian-era dwelling, the Launceston local heritage listing describes it as Federation Queen Anne style, obviously because it is built of red-brick, with white-painted woodwork and a traditional Federation-era red-tiled roof.
Having four chimneys, commentators note that this signifies a wealthy establishment.
Trevallyn is just north west of the Launceston CBD.
"In Victorian times it was called the "Captains' Suburb". Their homes had great views of the Tamar River. Walking through here is a delightful experience to those interested in Victorian home architecture" (but this is a Federation home). - Source
The house was built in 1903 for Roland Perrin, one of three sons of high-profile Launceston draper Walter Perrin.
Norvic is located on the cusp of the world famous Cataract Gorge and overlooks the Tamar River, the CBD and other Launceston city landmarks.
It was bought in 1916 by Norman Routley – founder of Launceston menswear store Routleys, which opened in the 1920s and still operates today – and was the venue for many social engagements during his more than half a century of ownership.
One of Launceston’s most recognisable houses, Norvic has had just four owners in its 113-year history.
For the past 41 years its custodians have been John Loche-Waters and his wife Judith, who have lovingly maintained the grand old property.
Federation features include bluestone foundations, tuck point brick work, Art Nouveau fireplaces, high ceilings, bay windows with gothic and leadlight glass, ornate ceiling roses and cornices.