This large two storey red brick house was built in 1900 to a design by Kempson & Conolly for the Hon. Allan McLean, MLA, Victorian Premier 1899-1900 and Deputy Prime Minister 1905. Displaying elements of both Victorian and Federation styling, Duart is of regional historic significance as the home of a Victorian Premier and senior Federal politician. The building's local architectural significance relates principally to its role as one of a group of surviving late nineteenth and early twentieth century elements in this area of Beaconsfield Parade. It forms an important part of the seaside streetscape at the end of the Kerferd Road pier along with the adjacent Victoria Hotel.