An Inter-War Mediterranean Style Mansion - Ballarat
Situated on a large block, behind its original low wire fence with brick nwel posts, this large Inter-War Mediterranean style mansion may be found in the provincial Victorian city of Ballarat.
Built in the suburb of Wendouree in the late 1920s or early 1930s, this villa features classic Inter-War Mediterranean architectural features. These include the light coloured and subtly textured wall treatment, classical cast iron grillework, formal enclosed vestibule and exposed rafther ends. The mansion would have originally had shutters to either side of all but the bay window over the vestibule. They have subsequently been removed and awnings have been added to the ground floor rooms.
Inter-War Mediterranean style was a regionalisation of Georgian domestic architecture. The style was introduced to Australia by the Professor of Architecture of the University of Sydney, Leslie Wilkinson (1882 - 1973) in 1918 after perceiving a similarity in temperature between temperate coastal regions of Australia and European Mediterranean environments. Practitioners in this style usually had a very welathy clientele who wantes something a little more chic and European than the Spanish Mission style that came out of America at the same time.
This sizable 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 with pretentions of Hollywood glamour, it would have shown considerable wealth.