Oftentimes we find that a suburb or a street has been named after an early house or property in the area. Here's one that seems to have taken the reverse course, with the house being named after the street.
The street is Latrobe St in East Brisbane, and it was created when land originally owned by Rev Thomas Mowbray was subdivided during the 1880s. This house, called La Trobe, was owner-built around 1886 by William Henry Genn, who was described as a plumber, iron worker and wood carver.
Genn reportedly carved much of the timber work in the Treasury Building. I haven't been able to find much more information about him except that by 1898 he was registered to vote as living in the suburb of Coorparoo, so he may possibly have sold La Trobe by then.
The house itself is different to the grander residences that had been built earlier in the area, such as Eskgrove and Hanworth. It was built using bricks from the Lutwyche brickyards, and has rather ornate window frames and door lintel visible in the photograph above. The two storey residence originally had four rooms on each level, but there may have been alterations to that configuration over time. Here is a current picture of the house.
(Photo: © 2012 the foto fanatic)
La Trobe is included on the Queensland Heritage Register.
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