The dwelling and garden setting of 10 The Ridge, Canterbury is significant.
How is it significant?
10 The Ridge, Canterbury is of local architectural and aesthetic significance to the City of Boroondara.
Why is it significant?
10 The Ridge is of architectural and aesthetic significance as an early and intact example of a Spanish Mission revival style residence within a garden setting. The dwelling embodies the principal characteristics of the style through finely detailed stepped central chimney, large 'Baroque' gable with central arch flanked by two smaller arches, and loggia. The Cordova tiles and the wrought iron grills over the windows are details that contribute to the dwelling's aesthetic quality. (Criteria D & E)
The dwelling is representative of the development of the Spanish Revival style in the interwar period because of the prevalence of American movies and Australian house periodicals. It is example of a revival style that was designed and constructed for its location, and for owners that had the means to adopt emerging styles and thus created a home that reflected their ideals. The property demonstrates the on-going development of Canterbury during the interwar period. (Criterion D)
10 The Ridge, Canterbury is a single storey Spanish Mission style dwelling sited centrally within an established garden setting. The hipped roof dwelling, traversing along the site, is covered in Cordova tiles and has painted cement render to the walls. The arched and square headed windows are timber with wrought-iron grills over. The facade comprises a stepped central chimney that is flanked on either side with a large 'Baroque' gable to the north and projecting hipped roof to the south. The gable denotes the main entrance with its central arch, flanked by two smaller arches, leading into a small loggia and the front door beyond. A further stepped chimney is located to the south elevation. Both chimneys have recessed panels.
The front garden is situated behind an early or original low masonry rendered boundary wall with two entrances, north and south. A concrete driveway sweeps around the central grassed area, giving access to the dwelling and the garage in the southeast corner of the site.
With the exception of a later metal roof single storey infill extension, nestled in between the two eastern wings at the rear, the dwelling is externally intact.