The Federation house known as 'Mororo', 13 Oxford Street, Malvern, a single-storey dwelling built in 1903-04.
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 rear outbuilding, are not significant.
How is it significant?
Mororo, 13 Oxford Street, Malvern, is of local architectural and aesthetic significance to the City of Stonnington.
Why is it significant?
Mororo, 13 Oxford Street, Malvern, is a fine 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 Malvern and across Melbourne more broadly. The asymmetrical composition with multiple projecting hipped and gabled bays, along with architectural elements and materials such as central dormer bay, Art Nouveau inspired window glazing bars, and timber verandah and dormer detailing, 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 Malvern in the early twentieth century (Criterion D).
Mororo, 13 Oxford Street, Malvern, is a carefully designed and well-resolved example of a Federation house. The multiple projecting bays, variety of window forms, rich timber decoration and Art Nouveau-inspired detailing present a picturesque composition of this architectural style (Criterion E).