"Lochnaben" at 295 Patullos Road, Lara, has significance as an historical legacy of the Federation era farming developments in the Lara area as a consequence of the Elcho Estate subdivision of 1903, and particularly as one of the more intact and outstanding examples of the Federation style in the local area. Built in 1905 for the Richmond brothers (James, Frederick and Joseph), successful crop growers, the property has long-standing associations with Benjamin Spalding, sheep farmer, between c.1910 until his death in 1967, when it passed to his son, Selwyn. The fabric that contributes to the significance of the dwelling includes the single storey height, asymmetrical composition, horizontal timber weatherboard wall cladding, dominant main hipped roof form and minor projecting gabled wings to the front and rear linked by a return bullnosed verandah, corrugated profile sheet metal roof cladding, brick chimney with a corbelled top and terra cotta pot, decorative metal finials in the gable ends and main roof ridge, timber verandah posts and decorative timber fretwork valances, splayed corner verandah portico, timber verandah arches and fretwork, banks of timber framed casement windows with highlights, timber framed front doorway with sidelights and highlights and timber door, and the decorative gable infill (timber battening and roughcast panelling). Overall, the dwelling appears to be in good condition and substantially intact when viewed from the road.
How is it Significant?
"Lochnaben" at 295 Patullos Road, Lara, is historically and architecturally significant at a LOCAL level.
Why is it Significant?
"Lochnaben" at 295 Patullos Road is historically significant for its associations with Benjamin Spalding who established an enduring sheep farm on the property in 1910, having purchased the land from the Richmond Brothers who had earlier established successful crops on the land from 1904 (Criteria A & H). "Lochnaben" is especially also historically significant as the most intact physical legacy of the Federation era farms established as a consequence of the Elcho Estate subdivision of 1903.
"Lochnaben" is architecturally significant as a predominantly intact and outstanding example of the Federation style in Lara (Criteria D & E). It demonstrates several original design qualities reflective of Federation design, being one of the more elaborate examples in the Lara area.