What is significant? The c1972 house, including the spiral metal staircase, and the verandas (which, on one side, serves as a carport), the hidden cellar, and the c1972 studio as renovated in the 1980s, as well as the sites surrounding the house and the studio to a radius of 30 metres.
How is it significant? The house and studio are historically, architecturally and aesthetically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant? The house and studio are historically significant for their associations with owner Eddie Bateman, a well known local builder who had a significant influence on the development of the 'Eltham-style' of architecture (Criterion H). They are historically, architecturally and aesthetically significant as representative examples of the 'Eltham style' of architecture within the Shire and the semi-suburbanisation of the Shire during the mid to late 20th century. Like many 'Eltham-style' homes, they were constructed in stages and features the use of mud brick and recycled materials. In addition, the house contains a notable spiral metal stair which, after that in the Peter Garner studio (HO17), is the best example of such a structure in the Shire (Criteria A, D & F).
KUREMA - EDDIE BATEMAN ADOBE HOUSE AND STUDIO - Physical Description 1
Style Eltham style.
Single storeyed with attic main body, single storeyed north end of one room in width and two in length. Walls adobe (solid mud brick), timber framed.
Roofs gabled with eaves, corrugated iron clad. Features are the design and construction, full height main room with its galleries on three sides, the spiral staircase, inglenook with second-hand leadlight windows, compressed straw ceiling, brick paved floor, gallery billiard room area, first floor dormer windows, first floor main bedroom ensuite bathroom, ground floor timber lining, hidden cellar, verandahs which on one side act as a long carport and the small studio building with its attic type bed.