House and Pepper Trees at 54 Osborne Street, Hobsons Bay Heritage Study 2006
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The house, constructed in 1859-60 by John Lamont and the Pepper trees at 54 Osborne Street, Williamstown.
How is it Significant?
The house and Pepper trees at 54 Osborne Street, Williamstown are of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobsons Bay.
Why is it Significant?
Historically, it is significant as one of the oldest houses in Williamstown and one of only a small number of pre-1860 dwellings that illustrate the earliest phase of development of the Government Survey precinct. It is closely linked with the historic maritime pursuits that distinguish Williamstown in the metropolitan area. It is also of interest for its use as a school for a long period earlier this century. (AHC criteria A4 and D2)
Aesthetically, it is significant as a skilful near original house design using a readily distinguishable early form but with unusual verandah details, mixing masonry with timber and built of a material uncommon for houses in Melbourne (stone). The mature Pepper trees provide a related landscape, which enhances the setting. (AHC criteria B2, E1 and F1)