BARWON GRANGE

Location

25 FERNLEIGH STREET NEWTOWN, Greater Geelong City

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Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number

H1102

Heritage Overlay Number

HO108

Level of Significance

Registered

79960

Extent of Registration

AMENDMENT OF REGISTER OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS
Historic Building No. 1102:
Barwon Grange, Fernleigh Street, Newtown, City of Greater Geelong.
Extent:
1. All of the buildings known as Barwon Grange, comprising the house marked B-1 and the 1871 brick outbuilding marked B-2 on Plan 603246A, endorsed by the Chair, Historic Buildings Council and held by the Director, Historic Building Council.
2. All the land described in Certificate of Title Vol. 9005 Folio 066 and marked L-1 on Plan 603246A endorsed by the Chair, Historic Buildings Council and held by the Director, Historic Buildings Council.
[Victoria Government Gazette No. G36 14 September 1995 pp.2536-2537]

Statement of Significance

Barwon Grange was developed by Jonathan Porter O'Brien, merchant, and his wife Ann who first constructed a timber house, then a brick house prior to 1856. No architect has been conclusively linked with the main house, although Snell and Kawerau, Backhouse and Reynolds, or John Gill are all possibilities. The prominent Geelong architects Davidson and Henderson designed the 1871 detached kitchen.

Barwon Grange is set back from the banks of the Barwon River and is now, except for the narrow river frontage, surrounded by industrial development. The house is currently owned by the National Trust and operates as a house museum.

Barwon Grange is of architectural and historic importance to the state of Victoria.

Barwon Grange is important for its associated with early Geelong merchants and businessmen including JP O'Brien and James Chandwick. It reflects the affluence of merchants and business interests in Geelong and its hinterland which was precipitated by the gold rushes of the 1850's and later consolidated in the 1870s. Barwon Grange demonstrates a successful middle class lifestyle of the mid to late nineteenth century. The uses, relative sizes and disposition of the rooms are typical and are now generally interpreted through redecoration and furnishing as a house museum. Barwon Grange is a distinctive example of the Gothic Revival style. It expresses the ideals of the Picturesque movement particularly through its use of architectural details including elaborate roof line, unusual balustraded verandah and through its riverside setting.

Year Construction Started 1856
Architectural Style Victorian Period (1851-1901) Picturesque Gothic
Heritage Act Categories Registered place
Municipality GREATER GEELONG CITY

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