Homes of national importance on display

Marc Pallisco June 15, 2011

Peter Crone outside his beloved Desbrowe-Annear home, Chadwick House in Eaglemont. Photo: Eddie Jim, 9 June 2011.

Peter Crone outside his beloved Desbrowe-Annear home, Chadwick House in Eaglemont. Photo: Eddie Jim, 9 June 2011.

Private homes in Melbourne on show for the first time give us a unique opportunity to see noted architect Desbrowe-Annear's work.

IT'S the kind of event you might expect to find Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu attending, for nostalgia's sake.

An open-day to celebrate the works of prominent architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear has been organised for Sunday week by the Robin Boyd Foundation in association with the Sidney Myer fund.

Bendigo born Desbrowe-Annear designed many of Melbourne's highest character homes in the decades from about 1880 and during the period of a land boom.

His work, acclaimed by Robin Boyd, includes homes designed in the Arts and Crafts and American Romanesque styles.

Among his grandest designs is the mansion at 729 Orrong Road, built in 1925 and retained for four generations by members of the Baillieu family.

The home's current owner, Good Guys founder Andrew Muir, made headlines in 2007 when he appointed an agent to knock on the door of the then owner, comedian turned radio commentator Steve Vizard, to make an offer despite it not being on the market.

Muir offered $17.75 million reportedly because he admired from afar. Ted Baillieu, who studied and practised as an architect, was raised in another house in nearby St Georges Road.

The open-day event will open five Desbrowe-Annear designed, privately owned properties that have never been open to the public. The event will also take in Desbrowe-Annear's Springthorpe Memorial at Kew Cemetery.

Tickets must be purchased via the Robin Boyd Foundation before the event. Members and students receive a discount to the $90 general price.

Contact
The Robin Boyd Foundation

Desbrowe-Annear Houses
Public open day
Sunday June 26 2011

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