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345 Burwood Road, HAWTHORN, BOROONDARA CITY
A large bluestone church designed originally by Crouch & Wilson and of interest in account of its use of flamboyant Gothic detailing, its impressive scale and prominence in the local townscape. The first section was built in 1867-69 and the chancel choir and tower were built in 1891, followed by further additions in 1913, 1921, and 1961. The spatially complex interior includes three Eastern apses of equal height and incorporates stained glass by Ferguson, Urie & Lyon; Mayer, Montgomery and Brooks Robinson.
Group Statement of Significance: Following the gothic stylistic precedent set by Crough and Wilson's Church of the Immaculate Conception in 1869, two commercial and one ecclesiastical Gothic revival designs were added along Burwood Road over the next 35 years to create a stylistically harmonious group. Together with similarities of style and materials, the group includes important individual designs of the former E S & A Bank by Terry & Oakden (1874) and the Catholic presbytery designed by William Ellis in 1882. The last, least distinguished, addition was King's funeral parlour in 1904.
Group Classification: 18/04/1985. .
Part of Historic Area: See B3751