Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Eastwood, East Brisbane

I just stumbled across this superbly presented Federation house in East Brisbane that is currently listed for sale. It appeared in The Weekend Australian Magazine of 13 April.
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(Photo: realestate.com.au)

The house, Eastwood, was built in 1908 for Llewellyn Stephens, a Brisbane lawyer and council alderman. It was designed by the distinguished architect Robin Dods, who must have done a good job because three short years later he was engaged to design nearby Kitawah for the same client. 

The Stephens family was prominent in Brisbane. Llewellyn's father Thomas Blacket Stephens was himself an alderman and mayor as well as being elected to the Queensland parliament. His business interests were diverse, evidenced by his owning of a tannery at Ekibin and the newspaper The Brisbane Courier.

Llewellyn's older brother William took over the family interests after their father's death, and he was instrumental in the construction of two other fine residences that we have seen on these pages, Waldheim and Cumbooquepa.

About Eastwood, the newspaper piece says "Shifted to one side of its sizeable block to make way for townhouses, the owners set about restoring four-bedroom Eastwood to as-new 1901-style. They used the plans of the architect, Robin Dods (1868-1920), whose designs still pervade the city in the form of homes, schools, hotels, churches and public buildings." The photographs for the real estate advertising are spectacular.

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  1. I love this place...it looks even better now... The verandahs always appeal to me. Thanks for your post...

  2. I have only seen the photographs so far, but I am planning a special trio to view the real thing.

  3. Robin Dods really was a distinguished architect! And he knew his market well. But the stunning timber work on the house is lost with the dense, painted timber in the fence. I would reduce the number of pickets on the fence, paint the fence green to blend in with the garden and put the focus back on the house.

  4. I drive past this house to go to work & when I first saw work was being done on it I got excited because the house had been looking very sad for quite some time. But I was disheartened when I saw that it had been moved forward because that usually means one thing ... subdivision! I love to see grand homes on grand sized allotments. There is a house in Kidston St Ascot that has just had the "slice & dice" done to it too. Such a shame. I suppose though, Eastwood is on a very busy road & to make the job profitable, subdivision had to occur.

  5. A little more on the history of Eastwood. The house was purchased by John Tritton around 1915. John was the brother of Frederick Tritton of Tritton's Furniture Company George Street Brisbane. John was involved in Real estate and in the early 1900's sold land, house and furnishing packages in conjunction with his brother. John and his wife Beatrice resided in the house for the rest of their lives, after their deaths in 1969 and 1971 respectively the house was sold by the family.


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