The house at 12 Verner Street, South Geelong, has significance as a reasonably externally intact example of the Late Federation style. Built in 1914 for Samuel Walpole, this house appears to be in fair condition when viewed from the street.
The house at 12 Verner Street is architecturally significant at a LOCAL level. It demonstrates original design qualities of a Late Federation style. These qualities include the complex roofs that include a broad hipped roof form, minor hipped roof and flying gable that project towards the street frontage, rear minor gable that projects at the side, and the recessed return verandah. Other intact or appropriate qualities include the asymmetrical composition, single storey height, galvanised corrugated iron roof cladding overpainted dark red, modest eaves with timber brackets, three unpainted brick chimneys with projecting rendered brick caps and terra cotta pots, projecting rectangular bay window with the bank of timber framed casement windows and highlights (and crowned by the projecting window hood supported by large, elongated timber brackets), small timber brackets and plain panel gable infill to the flying gable, chamfered corner under the return verandah with the bank of timber framed casement windows and highlights, other timber framed side windows with window hoods supported by decorative timber fretwork brackets, paired square timber columns and the timber verandah valances.
The house at 12 Verner Street is historically significant at a LOCAL level. It is associated with residential developments in South Geelong in the early 20th century, and particularly with Samuel Walpole, original owner of the allotment in 1913 and of the house from 1914.
Overall, the house at 12 Verner Street is of LOCAL significance.
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Certificate of Title 1922.
Sands & McDougall Directory,1972.
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Electoral Roll, Division Corio, Subdivision Geelong, 1984, Geelong Historical Records Centre.
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Geelong Town Plan, 1881, Geelong Historical Records Centre.