Hawthorn, Victoria, and its Federation Architecture

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1 Brook Street HAWTHORN

Hawthorn is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Boroondara and Hawthorn has some jaw droppingly beautiful houses and streets.

Hawthorn is generally regarded to be one of Melbourne's surviving bastions of post-Gold Rush expansion. Land values in the region are among the country's highest, especially
  • Hawthorn Grove in the prestigious Grace Park Estate, straddling the suburb's Northern boundary and Yarra Park in the west,
  • Shakespear Grove and Coppin Grove located closer to the Yarra River

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Grace Park House
The extension of the railway from Burnley to Hawthorn, first in 1861 and then in 1882, accelerated residential subdivision and the growth of a commuter middle class. Hawthorn expanded rapidly during the 1880s land boom when grand Victorian houses built in subdivisions like the Grace Park Estate spoke of a well-to-do suburb.


Grace Park Estate

Grace Park Estate was part of the large land holding of Melbourne hotelier and leading Hawthorn pioneer, Michael Lynch and his wife Julia (nee Grace) and one of the first estates in Hawthorn.

Winning designs for Grace Park Estate
Winning designs for Grace Park Estate
Chrystobel Crescent is thought to follow the original curving drive to the Lynch family home, which had become Grace Park Ladies College by the time lots in the estate were offered for sale.

Remaining blocks were sold after 1906 when the Kew railway line cut through and most homes in the estate were built after that time.

Today the estate is recognized as having some of Melbourne's best Edwardian architecture.

Edwardian Houses in Melbourne (1890-1915)

Houses from the Edwardian era were built in line with expanding tram and rail routes and can be found in leafy inner and middle ring suburbs such as Middle Park, Armadale, Hawthorn, Camberwell and Ascot Vale.
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Edwardian house in Chrystobel Crescent

Particularly sought-after Edwardian properties are found in Malvern's Gascoigne Estate, Hawthorn's Grace Park Estate and Camberwell's Tara Estate.

Either brick or weatherboard, such properties often have complex terracotta tiled roofs, wooden verandahs, stained glass window panels, and ornate plaster cornices and ceiling roses.

Scott Patterson, director of Jellis Craig in Hawthorn, says there is a strong demand for Edwardian properties. "Anything built between about 1860s and 1920s is in strong demand."

Expect to spend $2 million to $2.5 million for an unrenovated property in Grace Park, with renovated properties starting at $3.5 million. In other less well preserved areas of Kew and Hawthorn, Edwardian properties can be snared for between $1 million and $2 million.

Grace Park grandeur! 47 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn

"Yarrock" (c1895), a handsome mansion set in sizeable gardens (1,256 sq. m) in one of Melbourne's most revered pockets, the prestigious Grace Park Estate. This is built in the style of Federation filigree.

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"Yarrock", 47 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn

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Without Victorian ornament, the Sitting room with typical fireplace and stained glass transom windows

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A library with typical Federation style furniture

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The hallway shows simple arches in a Victorian style


1 Brook Street HAWTHORN

Located on a corner in a tightly held area of Hawthorn with easy access to the Yarra River plus Victoria Gardens, Kew Junction, Glenferrie or Bridge Road shops and restaurants, transport options and prestige schools, this beautiful Federation residence combines heritage appeal with renovations that have preserved its character and period attributes.
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1 Brook Street HAWTHORN

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Bedroom with original stained glass windows and gas vents in the upper wall


Lurnea, 85 Oxley Road Hawthorn

Born in the 1920's, "Lurnea" has a wealth of period personality and a beautiful deep, north-facing rear garden.
Lovely leadlights, rich timber floors and paneling and handsome timber lined ceilings are evocative of classic gentleman's Edwardian design.
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Lurnea, 85 Oxley Road Hawthorn

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Timber panelling and leadlight windows.

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Timber ceiling and original timber windows

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An original Edwardian kitchen


33 Kooyongkoot Road Hawthorn

Arts and Crafts 1930s residence on an extensive 2800sqm (approx.) block with 40m frontage on hilltop position
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33 Kooyongkoot Road HAWTHORN

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Scotch Hill location


5 Fashoda Street Hawthorn

Located in a quiet cul-de-sac ending in a reserve in a prized pocket of Hawthorn, this elevated timber home c1910 shows how not to renovate a Federation design with a two-storey contemporary extension added to the rear of the traditional front rooms.
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5 Fashoda Street Hawthorn - a classic Federation timber home

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The elevated timber extension to the 1910 home

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The unsympathetic two-storey contemporary extension added to the traditional front rooms


158 Barkers Road, Hawthorn

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This classic double fronted Queen Anne family residence with return verandah on an impressive 1,183 sqm

23 Hilda Crescent, Hawthorn

An impressive 4 bedroom plus study Federation era residence retains its original heritage character, grace and style
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23 Hilda Crescent, Hawthorn

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Original Federation features such as bay window, fireplace and cornices

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Library with original pressed metal ceiling and Edwardian fireplace


Havelock House 38 Havelock Road Hawthorn East

Havelock House is a distinguished c1900 Edwardian residence situated on 1342sqm of beautiful gardens. High pressed metal ceilings, leadlight windows and Baltic pine floors convey superb period elegance through the impressive reception hall with fireplace. The former ballroom is divided into two stunning sitting rooms with marble fireplaces book-ending the formal dining in the middle.
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Havelock House 38 Havelock Road HAWTHORN EAST

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A timber staircase leads upstairs to the main bedroom

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The former ballroom divided into two stunning sitting rooms with marble fireplaces


Karinya, 3 Wyuna Avenue, Hawthorn

"Karinya", a charming light filled Victorian nestled into a sleepy cul-de-sac and yet only metres to Hawthorn train, Burwood Rd tram, St James Park and the Yarra banks.

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Karinya, 3 Wyuna Avenue, Hawthorn

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Period corner fireplace and wooden floors remain after renovation

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Bedroom retains picture rails and a period corner fireplace


78 Urquhart Street HAWTHORN

An elegant 1920's Federation arts and Crafts home in the prestigious Urquhart Estate, this house has a wide timber lined entrance, delicately laced ceilings and graceful original rooms. Asking $1,370,000 - $1,490,000
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78 Urquhart Street HAWTHORN

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The corner fireplace and pressed metal ceiling design are typical of the period


Yarroma, 12 Coppin Grove HAWTHORN

A unique and historic Queen Anne style mansion (also described as Romanesque revival) surrounded by sprawling lavish gardens of approx 3000sqm. in arguably Melbourne's most prestigious location.
Built in 1872 and designed by architect James T Conlan, Yarroma has high archways, large porticos and formal living spaces.
This St James Park Estate heritage listed waterfront home features six-bedrooms, four-bathrooms, heated in-ground pool, tennis court, expansive Italianate gardens which also includes a conservatory.
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Yarroma, 12 Coppin Grove HAWTHORN

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Elegant formal sitting room with pressed metal ceiling and Victorian striped wallpaper, decorative cornices

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Location with absolute River Yarra frontage on the 2930 sq metre block

The original freehold has been split to give a new 12A Coppin Grove block on the right

Friesia, 21 Isabella Grove HAWTHORN

This iconic Victorian family home (1888), is located in the heart of the St James Park Estate. It speaks of the romance and history of the Gold Rush development, and is located on a beautiful, established, northern garden allotment of approx 1,648m2 with separate 3 roomed garden cottage.
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The Garden Cottage is Federation Style

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Friesia is undeniably Victorian in character

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A comfortable kitchen

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A magnificent bathroom, truly Victorian

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A splendidly ornate bedroom in the Victorian manner