The house at 16 Lonsdale Street, South Geelong, has significance as a reasonably externally intact example of the Late Victorian Picturesque style. Built between 1893 and 1896 possibly for David Moir, the house has been restored and redecorated, and appears to be in good condition when viewed from the street.
The house at 16 Lonsdale Street is architecturally significant at a LOCAL level. It demonstrates original design qualities of a Late Victorian Picturesque style. These qualities include the hipped roof form, together with the gable roof and convex verandah that project towards the street frontage. Other intact or appropriate qualities include the asymmetrical composition, single storey height, galvanised corrugated iron roof cladding, horizontal weatherboard wall cladding, two rendered brick chimneys with projecting cornices and terra cotta pots, narrow eaves with worked timber brackets and decorative panels, timber framed double hung tripartite window with a projecting moulded timber window head, timber framed double hung windows, timber framed front doorway with sidelights and highlights, turned timber verandah columns, decorative verandah valances, worked timber bargeboards on the front gable and the turned timber finial. The front timber picket fence and gate also contribute to the significance of the place.
The house at 16 Lonsdale Street is historically significant at a LOCAL level. It is associated with residential developments in South Geelong from the late 19th century. In particular, this house has associations with David Moir, a teacher and possibly the original owner from c.1893.
Overall, the house at 16 Lonsdale Street is of LOCAL significance.