Note that the relevant HERCON criteria are shown in brackets.
What is Significant? The large double-storey Georgian revival style house at 35-39 Albany Road, Toorak was constructed c1941 to designs by accomplished architect Geoffrey Sommers. It was built on land subdivided from the grounds of the 1870s mansion Kenley, and was Sir Keith Murdoch's home in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Elements that contribute to the significance of the place include (but are not limited to):
- The original external form, materials and detailing of the building.
- The extraordinary high level of external intactness.
- The domestic garden setting (but not the fabric of garden).
- The absence of modern vehicle accommodation in views to the hosue from the street and the understated presence of the original garage.
- The low brick front fence.
- The configuration of the curved front driveway.
How is it significant? The house at 35-39 Albany Road, Toorak is of local architectural significance to the City of Stonnington.
Why is it significant? The house is architecturally significant as a skilfully designed and extremely well preserved interwar Georgian revival style house (Criterion D). The carefully composed symmetrical facade, refined classical detailing and the formal driveway loop contribute to a strong sense of Georgian propriety.