Mosman, the Federation Suburb
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
Two Sydney suburbs claim to be the 'Federation Suburb': both Haberfield and Mosman. Both were developed in the period following the Federation of Australian states from 1901 to 1915, but only one of these suburbs has water views and 'merchants mansions'.
Haberfield development bylaws only allowed single-story development and the use of the single company architect to ensure each house had a unique design.
The development of Mosman was in the hands of many developers, most notably Smith and Cabban, who built the large Federation mansions on Bradleys Head Road which now fetch upwards of $10 million each, since they have tennis courts and swimming pools, space which is lacking in Haberfield.
The Manor, 2-10 Illuka Road, Mosman, was built circa 1911, in a loose Federation Queen Anne/Arts-&-Crafts style. This is a large and imposing dark-brick residence, located on a broad site addressing Iluka Road at the bottom of the slope of Morella Road. Built circa 1911 by a Mr Bakewell as an eight-room cottage, it grew to over thirty rooms, most of which were lined with beaten copper. It was known locally as Bakewell’s Folly.
Monterey, 1 Avenue Road Mosman, is a large Federation Filigree style house built above Mosman Bay. In the 1980s it was divided into a number of upmarket units.
Alma House, 114 Belmont Road Mosman, a magnificent “state of the art” Federation mansion set in beautiful grounds with a sweeping driveway, was constructed for Frederick Smith, a wealthy resident in the mid 1890s. In later years Miss Hutchinson established a nursing school in the building. Now a corporate headquarters.
Clifton Manor, 42 Kardinia Road, Mosman now three apartments. A large Federation Queen Anne residence which contributes significantly to the area through its corner location, complex roofscape and prominent, unusual chimneys.
Mosman has 500 heritage listings, most of them representing Local Heritage.
While Mosman has thirteen Heritage Precincts, the larger character houses are clustered along these main roads:
Bradleys Head Road,
Middle Head Road,
Prince Albert Street and
Read more about these examples of Mosman Federation Style:
Ardagh, 19 Prince Albert Street Mosman
Curraweena, 6 Buena Vista Avenue (Clifton Gardens) Mosman
Aneesha, 7 Kardinia Road Mosman
Tregoyd or Dr Cullen's House, 161 Raglan Street Mosman
Rothesay, 7 Thompson Street Mosman
Iorana, 13 Upper Spit Road Mosman, NSW
Sessiagh, 13 Upper Spit Road Mosman
Read more about these Bradleys Head Road developments:
Smith and Cabban, builders
The Silex Estate
Mosman's Bradley's Head Road, Federation Heritage
16 Bradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW
Rona, 17 Bradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW 2088
30-32 Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW
Ardblair, 44 Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
Trelawney 63 Bradleys Head Road Mosman
Westmeath 56 Bradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW