The Federation house known as 'Coliban', 1564-1566 Malvern Road, Glen Iris, a single-storey dwelling built in 1911.
Elements that contribute to the significance of the place include (but are not limited to):
. The house's original external form, materials and detailing
. The house's high level of integrity to its original design.
Later alterations and additions, such as some infill work at the north side at the front, are not significant.
How is it significant?
'Coliban', 1564-1566 Malvern Road, Glen Iris is of local architectural and aesthetic significance to the City of Stonnington.
Why is it significant?
'Coliban', 1564-1566 Malvern Road, Glen Iris is a fine, large and highly intact example of a Federation house. The house strongly reflects the Federation Queen Anne architectural style popular in the first decade of the twentieth century in Glen Iris and across Melbourne more broadly. The asymmetrical massing, with complex roof forms and contrasting gabled bays, and architectural elements and materials, including tall chimneys, half-timbering with rough cast render, timber detailing and decorative coloured glass, are typical of the style. The use of quality materials and elaborate detailing imparts a sense of grandeur and demonstrates the status of the owner in wealthy established areas such as Glen Iris in the early twentieth century (Criterion D).
'Coliban', 1564-1566 Malvern Road, Glen Iris is a carefully designed and well-resolved example of a Federation house. The projecting half-timbered gable bays with contrasting window bays, tall chimneys, rich timber decoration and extensive use of coloured and leadlight glass present a picturesque composition of this architectural style (Criterion E).