What is significant?
The Edwardian Timber House, known as Elmbarrools, is located at the south-east corner of French and Bell Streets, in the centre of the township of Penshurst. The house is a large single storey asymmetrical house in the Queen Anne style typical of the Federation period. The house is sited in an extensive and well-established garden. The present house, from its style, form, materials and detailing appears to date from the turn of the twentieth century. It is a good example of the so-called Federation style, with a relatively intact Federation style garden. No architect or builder has been associated with the house, although it is possible that it was professionally designed. The house is in excellent condition, and retains an excellent degree of integrity.
How is it significant?
The Edwardian Timber House at 26 French Street is of historical and architectural significance to the southern Grampians Shire and to the township of Penshurst.
Why is it significant?
The Edwardian Timber House is of historical significance for its potential association with William Ardlie, a squatter from the Murray district who may have first purchased the land on which the house stands. The house is of architectural significance as an excellent typical example of the Queen Anne Style applied to a residence, and as a rare very intact surviving example of the style typical of the Edwardian or Federation Period.