• Jon Ruwolt

Epic Mansions need owners

Sydney has an historic mansion, Ardagh in Mosman for sale.

Set on 2700 square metres, the seven-bedroom Federation mansion with pool and tennis court was built in 1905.

  • In 1922 Ardagh bought by former British trade commissioner John Adams and his wife Gwynneth,

  • until they sold it in 1964 to pianist and former ABC radio personality John Champ.

  • Pharmacists Gary and Mary Smoker (Smoker, a former alderman), bought the Prince Albert Street property in 1993 for $1.7 million.

A large two storey Federation Queen Anne residence is located in a prominent garden setting above the street, and the property includes mature trees, shrubs and a front fence.

Melbourne has a stunning Arts and Crafts home, Glyn, in Toorak, created for the politician and BHP founding shareholder Sir Edward Miller, to the design of esteemed architect Rodney Alsop.

The  property at 224 Kooyong Road, with oversized and intricate everything, includes six king-size bedrooms, a billiards room, music room, gym, sauna, basement storage, two cellars and five studies.


More about Ardagh, Mosman

"Ardagh is a grand Federation home unequalled in elegance, grace, quality or proportion."​


Ardagh, 19 Prince Albert Road, is a very fine example of a large Federation Queen Anne residence, which is finely detailed and crafted, and commands a visually prominent position in the streetscape.

  • Ardagh demonstrates the development of larger-scale residences on the high side of streets in desirable areas.

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Glyn, Toorak

Toorak’s grand arts & crafts movement mansion Glyn is a $11 million mansion in Toorak; One of Toorak’s finest mansions is up for sale by JB Hi-Fi boss Richard Murray and his partner Jacqueline Blackwell.

  • Glyn, at 224 Kooyong Road, has been put on the market by the home electronics chief executive with a massive $14-$15.4m price guide.

  • Public records show the elaborate mansion is owned by the rich lister, who was appointed chief financial officer of the major Australian chain since 2003, and took the reins as CEO in 2014.

  • Previous owner Jane Stuchberry began a painstaking 12-year renovation and restoration as soon as she bought the six-bedroom, five-bathroom home.

There are several formal and informal living and dining areas off a grand foyer.

The home is ripe with artisan detail, including ornate timberwork, deep bay windows, inbuilt furniture, leadlights and carved woodwork. [5]

The house was constructed in the Arts and Crafts idiom, finished with a distinctive render with pebbles pushed into the surface (pebble-dash).

  • This finish was complemented by a terracotta shingle roof.

  • The interior contains many distinctive Arts and Crafts features, such as carved woodwork, stained glass and beaten metal ornamentation.

The 2420-square-metre estate surrounding the home accommodates a tennis court, pool and several private garden zones. The elevated block captures distant easterly views to the Dandenongs.

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