Federation Style and Federation Elegance (beauty is in the eye of the beholder)


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72 Broadway Camberwell
67 Third Avenue St Peters SA 5069
28 Terry Street Balmain

Here are three contrasting properties,
  • One of great beauty,
  • one definitely needs attention,
  • the other was beautiful in the eye of the owners and architects.

1. Currawong, 72 Broadway Camberwell, Vic

The epitome of Federation Style and elegance is available in Camberwell (October 2014)
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Period Beauty In A Blue Ribbon Parkland Position


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An impressive presence in a dress circle location is a fine introduction to this outstanding Federation Queen Anne residence showcasing period style aesthetics and spacious family accommodation on a substantial garden allotment directly abutting tranquil Boroondara Park (with access).
  • 'Currawong' c1914 is a beautifully crafted home with heart-warming heritage character and modern appointments throughout
  • offering a refined, relaxed air flowing to a large entertainment deck overlooking large swimming pool, expansive garden and parkland.
    Can any wiki members identify this beautiful flowering tree please?
    Can any wiki members identify this beautiful flowering tree please?
  • Enviably located near excellent schools, shopping and train station,
    The large bay window is a Federation feature, as is the picture rail. The frieze above the picture rail and ornamental cornice are of Art Nouveau character, and could be a late Victorian era influence.
    The large bay window is a Federation feature, as is the picture rail. The frieze above the picture rail and ornamental cornice are of Art Nouveau character, and could be a late Victorian era influence.
  • this exceptional residence on 1,300 sq. metres (approx.) includes four Bedrooms (BIRs; or 3 and Study),
    This room is very interesting, starting at the ceiling, which is obviously timber. The original floorboards remain, as does the glorious bay window. The use of a grayish colour for the fretwork arch is in a modern style but very elegant.
    This room is very interesting, starting at the ceiling, which is obviously timber. The original floorboards remain, as does the glorious bay window. The use of a grayish colour for the fretwork arch is in a modern style but very elegant.

    The light colourings are very Edwardian, as evidenced by the 1914 construction date. Beautiful Art Nouveau leadlights illuminate light coloured timber floorboards, which look very attractive.
    The light colourings are very Edwardian, as evidenced by the 1914 construction date. Beautiful Art Nouveau leadlights illuminate light coloured timber floorboards, which look very attractive.
  • Studio, sumptuous Sitting room, formal Dining room, Family/Meals area, Miele-equipped Kitchen,
    Here is a kitchen true to the Federation style, keeping the Art Nouveau decorative glass leadlight in the door and extending the subdued colouring to the attractive kitchen cupboards and timber bench tops - so Edwardian, which epitomises timber decoration.
    Here is a kitchen true to the Federation style, keeping the Art Nouveau decorative glass leadlight in the door and extending the subdued colouring to the attractive kitchen cupboards and timber bench tops - so Edwardian, which epitomises timber decoration.
  • Three bathrooms (clawfoot bath), laundry, hydronic heating,
    This is a classic modern Federation bathroom with an updated handbasin, totally in Federation style. The beautiful stained glass looks to illustrate Strelitzia, a common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower / plant, because of a resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly ‎Strelitzia reginae.
    This is a classic modern Federation bathroom with an updated handbasin, totally in Federation style. The beautiful stained glass looks to illustrate Strelitzia, a common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower / plant, because of a resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly ‎Strelitzia reginae.
  • ornate ceilings and open fire places, stained glass windows, attic storage, rainwater tanks and remote control Double Lock Up Garage.
    I suggest that the amazing furniture is eastern European painted style, or maybe Chinoiserie. Can any wiki member help please?
    I suggest that the amazing furniture is eastern European painted style, or maybe Chinoiserie. Can any wiki member help please?




2. 67 Third Avenue St Peters SA 5069

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Renovators Delight in the Highly sought after Suburb of St. Peters
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Character Return Veranda Queen Anne Villa.

A rare gem, this property offers great scope for a modern update and the ability to add your own personal touch.

Held by the same owner for 55 years and still in the original condition it was then purchased in, this substantial family home will be sure to delight another family for years to come.
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  • On arrival you will be greeted by the impressive pressed metal spire and grandeur of the sandstone turret over the front entrance.
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  • Tessellated tiles adorn the front porch as does the original fretwork.
  • Leadlight windows will enchant as you enter this exceptional opportunity.
  • Four bedrooms of generous proportion,
  • large dining room and formal lounge with beautiful pressed metal ceilings,
  • functioning open fireplaces and gorgeous leadlight windows all accessed by the wide entrance hall,
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  • intricate Blackwood fretwork, large hardwood skirtings and detailed cornicing.
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  • Throughout the home, hidden underneath the current floor coverings are Jarrah floorboards .
  • The existing extension consists of a toilet, laundry, pantry, 2 kitchens and a cellar.
  • A small bathroom services the main house.
  • The rear garden is as expected on a block this size, an abundance of room for the perfect extension.
  • Valuable rear lane access and a double length garage borders the laneway at the back of the property.
  • A small shed and covered bird aviary/storage area and well established grape vines and fruit trees adorn the garden as well as a large vegetable garden.
  • While in need of some TLC, this property will respond superbly to its full utilization by a family



3. 28 Terry Street Balmain NSW

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"Classic Federation elegance reinvented by SJB Architects - a private family haven"


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Lifestyle - An innovative redesign by SJB Architects strikes a perfect balance between classical architecture and cutting-edge design in this freestanding Federation home.
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  • Built in 1908, it has been meticulously restored and revived to create the ultimate space for contemporary family living and entertaining on a grand and intimate scale. Surrounded by landscaped gardens on a private dual access 360sqm, its exclusive peninsula setting is just 3.5km to the CBD. Stroll to Elkington Park, the city ferry and the cosmopolitan buzz of Darling Street.
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  • Accommodation - Sophisticated formal living and dining rooms with restored marble fireplaces and dark timber floors, 3m floor to ceiling glass walls framed in copper embrace a beautifully landscaped garden, travertine floors connect the interior with the outdoors, casual living with dramatic 6m ceilings, state-of-the-art Calcutta marble kitchen with 3m island and Ilve appliances, integrated travertine bench seating, four double bedrooms with built-ins and the option to create a fifth by converting the dining room, luxurious top floor master retreat and a large studio suite ideal for teen, guest or home office use.
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  • Features - Elegant tuck-pointed facade with iron lacework verandah, mosaic-tiled plunge pool with solar heating, glamorous travertine bathrooms, ensuite with sculptural Bisazza mosaic tile feature walls, garden powder room, multi-zoned air, underfloor heating, American Oak joinery, innovative lighting schemes, Kreon, Philippe Starck and Louis Poulsen fittings, Bose sound, Vola tapware, electric blinds and curtains in master bed, first-rate security, rear lane access to a lock-up garage and travertine carport designed to double as extra entertaining space.

JONATHAN CHANCELLOR | 15 OCTOBER 2014

Backyard Balmain dunny fails to yield Federation home buyer

Backyard Balmain dunny fails to yield Federation home buyer
Backyard Balmain dunny fails to yield Federation home buyer


A designer revival of the backyard dunny? Well, not quite yet.
The property with a turn of the century brick outhouse with renovated Federation home failed to sell last weekend at Balmain.
  • The brick outhouse stands in the backyard behind a house stylishly redesigned by SJB Architects in 2009.
  • Over $3 million had been expected at its 11 October auction.
  • Now it has a $3.3 million asking price by the listing agent Monique Dower at Belle Property who described the property as a striking “a perfect balance between classical architecture and cutting-edge design.”

BUT WAIT - the outdoor dunny!

  • "The enduring presence of a turn of the century brick outhouse in the Sydney suburb of Balmain piqued the interest of our property contrarians, Jonathan Chancellor and Margie Blok.

  • Especially as this brick outhouse stands in the backyard behind a Federation house recently stylishly redesigned by SJB Architects. Over $3 million is expected at its 11 October auction.

  • While the house is described by the listing agent Monique Dower at Belle Property as striking “a perfect balance between classical architecture and cutting-edge design”, the old thunderbox harks back to the days of previous generations when homes didn’t have indoor flushable toilets.

  • Viewed on Google Earth, the dunny is connected to an adjoining building next door, so perhaps its preservation was as much about the neighbourhood harmony."
  • external image jc-silhouette-7.jpgHE SAID:
    I'd previously reported on the demise of the backyard dunny. But that was in Sydney's east.
    I think this updated Balmain dunny is inspired – it is certainly more functional, and far less sexist, than a man’s shed.
    With a garden hose hanging off the outside wall, you could pop inside when nature calls while watering the lawn, or indeed, while turning sausages on the barbecue conveniently placed against the adjacent fence.
    Would have loved it if they went with a Philippe Starck bowl, but see it's a Geberit instead.
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    SHE SAID:
    I’m with Jonathan, this dunny is a winner. Highly practical, it is ideally placed metres from the plunge pool, so dripping wet residents and their guests don’t need to schlep through the house to the powder room inside. Also, it solves the hideous issue of children pissing in pools (a personal bugbear of mine) – no excuses for kids not using the loo here.
    If I owned this dunny, I’d add to its authenticity by growing a choko vine over the ripple iron roof, and placing a scary looking plastic spider near the toilet bowl – for I grew up in a house with an outdoor dunny (albeit a flushable one) where spiders resided alongside my father’s garden tools.
    Before modern suburban sewerage systems were built, dunnies were designed for practicality. In the good old days before water flushable toilets, outhouses with cans were placed at a distance from the house for reasons of smell and hygience. And often they were set on a property’s rear boundary with lane access for the removal of waste.

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