What is significant?
'Burr Hill', comprising the house originally built in 1878 with later additions in 1890 and c. and the associated mature garden, at 3 Burr Hill Court, Berwick.
How is it significant?
'Burr Hill' is of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Casey.
Why is it significant?
Historically, Burr Hill is significant as one of Berwick's earliest homes with its oldest section built in 1878 or earlier for the notable district farmer and parliamentarian, the Hon. James Buchanan, M.L.C. It was most probably built after he finished farming at his earlier property Ardblair (part of which is now known as Beaumont Farm). (AHC criteria A4, D2 and H1)
Aesthetically, despite alterations and additions, the 1878 house is significant as an representative example of a Victorian villa. The symmetrical additions made in the 1890s are externally intact and contribute to the significance as does a later Arts and Crafts verandah treatment. Other notable features include the cellar, a very old rose garden and some large established trees, which provide an appropriate setting. However, the 1977 and later additions and the subdivision of the land have diminished the integrity of the dwelling and its setting. (AHC criteria E1)