The duplex 24 & 26 Millicent Avenue, Toorak, 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 the rear additions to both houses, are not significant.
How is it significant?
The duplex at 24 & 26 Millicent Avenue, Toorak is of local architectural and aesthetic significance to the City of Stonnington.
Why is it significant?
The duplex at 24 & 26 Millicent Avenue, Toorak 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 Toorak and across Melbourne more broadly. The asymmetrical composition, with complex roof forms, corner turret and a variety of window forms, and architectural elements and materials, including half-timbering with rough cast render, 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 Toorak in the early twentieth century (Criterion D).
The duplex at 24 & 26 Millicent Avenue, Toorak is a carefully designed and well-resolved example of a Federation house. The complex roof form of hips, main gable and corner turret with 'candle-snuffer' roof, and variety of window forms present a picturesque composition of this architectural style. The adoption of a highly picturesque overall design for the duplex, rather than a pair of duplicated facades, is of particular note (Criterion E).