The building at 541 Toorak Road is of regional and possiblystatesignificance as a fine and substantially intact example of theOldEnglish commercial mode of the interwar period, and for itsdominantrole within the importnat Toorak Village Group of Old Englishshops.Itis of additional significance as a fine example of thecommercialworkof Robert Bell Hamilton, a prominent commercial anddomesticarchitectin this period and leader in the use of Old Englishmodes intheinterwar years. The building at 541 Toorak Road is importantforitslandmark position within the Toorak Village Group, and, as partofthatgroup, as a contributory element within a stylistic groupwhichisrelatively rare within the Greater Metropolitan area. Theyarequitepossibly the grandest example of an Old English orTudorRevivalsuburban commercial premises in Victoria, and are certainlythebestexample of the mode in Stonnington.
As outlined above, the premises at 541 Toorak Road include the remainder of an old house, much altered, with Old English shopfronts added in 1933 and even more recent additions, in the same Old English mode, to Grange Road.
The facade to Toorak Road is the most strongly modelled and impressive of the various Old English shopfronts associated with this area. Symmetrical like most other examples, its features a canted first floor on timber brackets, with half timbering and a combination of gable and helm roofs clad with terracotta tiles. The central bay to the first floor projects out as a flat oriel, and the windows to the first floor are leadlight casements. The corner, eastern wall is part half timbered but largely masonry, executed in a decorative patter with an ornate parapet detail.
The frontage to Grange Road appears to retain the footprint of the original house, although the elevation treatment has been transformed to match the Toorak Road frontage. Today it reads as a number of discrete pavilions sympathetic to the character established by the corner building but of a somewhat more simplistic design. The castellated, Tudor parapet treatment to the south east bay of the old house may represent its original character, but this is unknown.
The resultant composition is stylised and self-conscious in the typical interwar manner, but in its size and complexity is extraordinary and is broadly regarded as a landmark within the area. The shopfronts to the ground floor have been rebuilt in recent years.