• Jon Ruwolt

Queen Anne Design

  1. Saint Kilda - 8A St Leonards Avenue St Kilda, Vic 3182 -

  2. Ramornie, 49 Mangarra Road, Canterbury VIC 3126

These two properties, recently featured in Victoria, are great examples of classic Queen Anne design.


Saint Kilda - 8A St Leonards Avenue St Kilda, Vic 3182

This large property with a lush garden was last sold for $4,317,000 on 21 March 2013 and features many examples of period features. It sold very recently for $8.9 million.

  • Polished floors,

  • ornate lead-light and

  • detailed pressed metal ceilings express the original elegance of the late 19th Century.

Externally this red-brick construction is the essential, classic feature of this style, (related to the Dutch Orange colour brought to England by William of Orange and his sister-in-law Anne, later Queen Anne.) Checkout these exterior photos:

The clear break from Victorian design is due to the much greater light in the homes,

  • without the dark wall-papered walls or ceilings of Victorian over-decoration.

  • White ceilings were now possible because no gaslight was burning at night, so no soot marks on the ceilings, and

  • as much ornate leadlight windows as could be afforded, which introduced the new vogue of Art Nouveau themed exterior windows: check out these interior photos:

The real-estate web site with more photographs is here.

The second Queen Anne house at Canterbury, Victoria is

Ramornie, 49 Mangarra Road, Canterbury VIC 3126

  • This design is not classic Federation style, since the bay windows use brick columns, an older Victorian style.

  • The St Kilda home (above) has narrow wooden columns between the windows.

This property is in Canterbury's prestigious Golden Mile, and is a magnificent mansion on an large 2079 sq. metre allotment (approx.) that has no heritage overlay, but don't knock it down, please.

This house has an expansive 'botanical' garden with a huge swimming pool.

This Federation-style house dates back to c1900.

Federation style external features are:

  • An attractive slate roof and

  • a tuckpointed brick façade. Tuck-pointing has raised mortar-work between the bricks, often in white or cream.

Sometimes where there is damage to the bricks, the whole facade is covered in "red-brick" coloured mortar, and the tuck-pointing added in contrasting colour to simulate the brick pattern. From the arched bricks over the bay windows, it is apparent you are looking at real brick work here , a feature of Queen Anne style.