Built by an architectural icon of Canberra, this period property offers a snapshot of the capital’s suburban past.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 15 Farrer St in Braddon was designed by Kenneth Oliphant, a household name in early Canberran architecture as he was the first privately practising architect in town.
His premiere private commission was Calthorpe’s House, now a museum celebrating Canberra’s inter-war suburbia.
While several of Oliphant’s Canberra residences still exist, many have been considerably renovated and bare little resemblance to the master’s original work.
This Braddon address however, retains many of it’s 1930s period features despite but is not heritage listed.
Dating back to 1933, 15 Farrer St was built with handmade bricks and roof tiles brought to the capital by horse and cart from Sydney.
Local legend has it that when the Queen Elizabeth made her first visit to Canberra in 1954, she was driven down Farrer Street to get a snapshot of suburban Australian life.
Not much has changed to the facade of number 15 since the monarch’s drive-by, but inside the whole home has been updated. It underwent a sympathetic renovation in 2002 by contemporary local architect Gina Carmody and subsequently won a Master Builder’s Association award for best renovation/extension.
Signature Oliphant elements can still be found in the fireplaces, timber detailing and integrated joinery, ornate ceilings, picture rails and cornices.
“We’re a pretty young city and homes like this are a real example of Canberra’s history. The whole precinct of Braddon is a good example of some of those original suburban areas. They were built just after parliament was established and Canberra was becoming a city,” said selling agent Holly Komorowski.
“Today Braddon has become a really cool place to live with a real mix of properties from big homes to medium density and it’s so close to the centre.”
Years of love and attention have been given to the meticulous gardens, which feature established trees and flowering plants across the 657sq m block. The outdoor area also has recycled red brick paving, low maintenance artificial lawns, a putting green and automatic watering system.
Inside, in addition to the period detailing, there is a modern kitchen with Jarrah cabinetry, Miele appliances, an integrated fridge and two wall ovens.
The main bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite with heated floor plus spa bath and the family bathroom has also been updated.
Braddon features several schools in proximity, as well as green spaces plus a shopping and eatery precinct. The Australian National University campus is just minutes away as is Canberra’s CBD and the banks of Lake Burley Griffin.
The family-friendly home will go under the hammer on April 7 and has a price guide of more than $1.5 million.