House at 92 Esplanade WILLIAMSTOWN, Hobsons Bay Heritage Study 2006
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The former 'Lawn House', designed and constructed by John Garnsworthy in 1889-90, at 92 Esplanade, Williamstown.
How is it Significant?
The former 'Lawn House' at 92 Esplanade, Williamstown is of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobson's Bay.
Why is it Significant?
Historically, 'Lawn House' is significant as a representative example of the large maritime villas that were erected along the Esplanade and The Strand in Williamstown during the late nineteenth century. It is also significant for its associations with John Garnsworthy who was a prominent contractor and politician in Williamstown. It is also of interest for its later maritime connections, which is typical of residences along the Esplanade. (AHC criteria A4 and G1)
Aesthetically, 'Lawn House' is significant as a locally rare and near original example of an elaborately detailed Italianate villa, which expresses the importance of its original owner. (AHC criteria E1 and F1)