What is significant?
Myrniong, built in 1906-07 as a country residence for wealthy Melbourne businessman Leslie Jenner, consists of a large house, manager's residence and stables. The main house, which is constructed of tuck pointed red brick, half timbering and rough cast, is dominated by a complex roof of asymmetrical composition, consisting of hips, gables, tower-like elements, dormers and tall chimneys. The grounds, inspired by the 'gardenesque' style of garden design, contain several remnant elements such as brick fences, brick and stone walls and a cast iron arbour.
How is it significant?
Myrniong is of architectural and social significance to Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Myrniong is of architectural significance as an essentially intact, large domestic complex designed in the 'Queen Anne' style and situated on the outskirts of a wealthy provincial centre. The interiors, which are influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, are important for the fine Art Nouveau-inspired elements such as leadlights, door furniture, stair balustrading and light fittings. The outstanding and extensive use of stained and carved timbers fittings and finishes throughout the house, particularly for wall panelling, ceiling linings, fire surrounds and built-in furniture, is also of interest.
Myrniong is socially significant as an example of the quality of life experienced by financially successful settlers of the Western district, many of whom relocated from Melbourne around the turn of the century.