• 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.

  • Check out the raised mortar showing in this photo:

The cream stucco bands and "pebble-dash" under the gutters were examples of Queen Anne design drawn from the very popular design of London's Scotland Yard:

  • Right: the world famous former Scotland Yard Headquarters Of London's Metropolitan Police.

  • Designed In The Late 1800's By Acclaimed Scottish Architect Norman Shaw. He is considered to be among the greatest of British architects and the foremost exponent of Queen Anne style.

  • Scotland Yard is located on Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1.

  • This contrasting red brickwork and cream stucco is unkindly called "Blood and Bandages".

Internal features include a grand tessellated tile hallway leading to a sumptuous drawing room or executive study, majestic main bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite, and a former 15m-long ballroom now impressive formal sitting and dining rooms.

  • A soaring ceiling vestibule leads to a spacious family living room,

  • solid granite kitchen and casual dining room

  • flowing to an undercover alfresco area, pool and deep rear garden.

A range of exquisite features include hand-painted stained-glass windows, lavishly-adorned ceilings, stunning open fireplaces, with polished Baltic pine floorboards

The design of the leadlight is not as free-flowing as Art Nouveau, but a more classical example of Victorian style. Upon entering you can see

  • a grand tessellated tile hallway leading to

  • a sumptuous drawing room or executive study,

  • a majestic main bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite, and

  • a former 15m-long ballroom which is now an impressive formal sitting and dining room.

  • A soaring ceiling vestibule reveals a spacious family living room,

  • solid granite kitchen and casual dining room

  • flowing to an undercover alfresco area, pool and deep rear garden.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing these Queen Anne designs.

  • Inspect the real-estate web page here:

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