HISTORIC BUILDINGS COUNCIL - STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE:
Banool was constructed in 1926 by George Hudson, a partner in the real estate firm of Osborn and Hudson. The architect was Harry A Burt. Burt was from Queensland - this is reflected in the styling - but was then practising from temple court, Melbourne. Duplex timber posts on clinker brick piers carry the oversailing verandah which continues the main hip roof shape on three sides.
The furniture which is original was also designed by Burt.
A half timbered gable rests within a huge expanse of terracotta Marseille-pattern tiles and tall chimney pots, made taller by tall brick shafts, provide the picturesque element to the skyline. The dark stained finish to the ship-lap wall boarding with the terracotta- shade finish to the joinery and the contrasting white trim and bracket capitals extenuate the close resemblance of the house to fourteenth century Japanese structures such as the saimo-ji main hall.
The cypress hedges are all accessories to the period. This house is the best of three similar examples in Kilmore and is one of the better examples of its type in Victoria. Banool is an important and near to original example of the influence of the Californian and Indian bungalow styles in Australia.