Ross House, formerly called Charleville, was built as a two-storey mansion in 1889 for Charles Donaldson. It was designed in the Italianate style by the architect H Shallers and built by G Ginham. Dr Tom King, surgeon purchased Charleville from Donaldson in 1939 and renamed it Ross House.
How is it significant?
Ross House is of historic and architectural significance to the State of Victoria
Why is it significant?
Ross House is of historical importance to the State of Victoria for its association with Melbourne's urban development. The house is historically important in illustrating late nineteenth century social values and the importance of establishing status through the construction of an imposing residence. Ross House, a substantially intact mansion of the nineteenth century 'boom period, is architecturally important in exhibiting good design and the aesthetic characteristics in a domestic application of the Italianate style.