Review of B Graded Buildings in Kew, Camberwell & Hawthorn
Statement of Significance
10 Howard Street is of historical and architectural significance at a local level. The house is of historical significance for its association with Robert Gordon Menzies, Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister (1939 to 1941 and 1949-1966). Menzies purchased the house in 1925-26 and it remained in his family until 1966. Architecturally it is significant as an externally relatively intact example of a two-storey brick villa from 1912-13. It is distinctive and unusual design which is atypical of the period and stylistically and formally is suggestive of early moves in the direction of a Georgian and Mediterranean fusion.