1 Bradford Avenue, Kew is of local historical and architectural significance. Though a relatively late example, 1 Bradford Avenue is a fine and intact example of a two-storey Mediterranean Style suburban residence of the interwar period. Stylistically, the house is an accomplished exercise in the fusion of Mediterranean forms and usage of loggias and arcades with elements of Georgian Revival detailing. The synthesis was central to Australian trained architects' thinking in the interwar period, at least in high culture circles. The gracefully planted and tranquil garden complements the air of innate repose and balance.
1 Bradford Avenue is a single-fronted two storey house, with a hipped roof in terracotta shingles. The upper floor has two windows facing Bradford Avenue, and a large square recessed balcony to its right, facing past nearby houses to take in views of the great Dividing Range and the Dandenongs. The ground floor is a mirror image in some aspects: the right side is solid, marked by a sturdy, even heavy- looking bay with a hipped roof, three windows, and its left by a double- arched loggia around the front door. All the windows are sashes, the upper panes small and the lower a single sheet- an arrangement then common in Boroondara. The wall surface is textured stucco; the arch reveals are in a smooth rendered concrete, stepped inward from the outer walls. The loggia has French windows in a solidly barred set of small panes. As viewed from the street, the house appears to be generally externally intact.
The garden complements the house well, some of the trees being mature and of long standing. A building permit was issued for a brick front fence in 1968.[i]
[i] Details sourced from the City of Kew Building Index #982, dated 16 November 1968.