What is significant?
Morongo is a large two storeyed residence constructed of bluestone with Barrabool Sandstone dressings. It was designed by Geelong architect, Joseph Shaw for John Calvert, a gentleman, and built by Foyle & Co., contractors in 1859-60. Minor alterations to the interior were carried out in the 1920s, and from 1926 the original homestead buildings were altered and extended to incorporate them into an extensive girls' boarding school complex.
How is significant?
Morongo is of architectural significance to Victoria
Wht is it significant?
Morongo, with its former laundry wing and stables, is architecturally significant as an example of a substantially constructed and finely detailed residential complex erected in the late 1850s. The main house is important as an unusually late and very strongly expressed example of the elegantly proportioned and minimally decorated manner usually associated with the Regency style of architecture. The very austerity of the architectural expression serves to emphasise the excellent craftsmanship of the masonry.
The main house also demonstrates outstanding craftsmanship in very clear, simple lines and excellently proportioned rock-faced bluestone and smooth faced ashlar sandstone dressings.