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A Streamline Moderne Villa - Ballarat

This wonderfully sleek and stylised Art Deco villa built in the 1930s may be found in the Ballarat suburb of Wendouree.


The clean uncluttered lines of this large villa are very Streamline Moderne in design. The house is made almost entirely of clinker bricks with brown feature bricks. It features a wide circular sun deck balcony with wrought iron railings above the portico canopy. It has very functionalist windows and a triple paned front door with arched detailing in brown brick. Aside from the wrought iron balustrading and a very Art Deco pair of lamps by the front door, it is entirely devoid of decoration. The whole property is surrounded by its original low brick wall and set amid a luxurious and well maintained garden.


Judging by the amount of exposed vines across the villa's facade, the building must be virtually hidden behind a mass of ornamental vine in summer time, providing relief from the hot Australian sun.


This style of house would have appealed to the moneyed upper-classes of Ballarat whose money came from either the Nineteenth Century gold rush, or from the wool or farming industries that developed post the boom. Comfortable and very English, it would have shown respectable and not inconsiderable wealth. Being quite modern in design also suggests that the family wished to express their artistic influence and temperament through the design of the villa.

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Taken on April 4, 2010