Monday, December 9, 2013

El Nido, Hamilton

Spanish Mission styled houses are fairly rare in Brisbane. We have previously looked at the attractive Santa Barbara at New Farm, designed by architect EP (Percy) Trewern and built in 1930.

Percy Trewern was again the designer for today's heritage listed house, El Nido, also of Spanish Mission design, situated on a marvellous site overlooking the river at Hamiton. It pre-dates Santa Barbara by a couple of years. Here it is, photographed in 1954 and all dressed up for the visit of QEII - the actual monarch, not the ship.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #150390)

Percy Trewern was born in Bendigo, and worked as a draughtsman for the Queensland Public Works Department before establishing his own architectural practice in Brisbane in 1920. He became extremely successful, especially noted for adapting the Spanish Mission and California bungalow styles to Queensland. He also designed commercial buildings such as Inchcolm on Wickham Terrace.

Here is a recent photograph of El Nido taken from Kingsford Smith Drive.
(Photo: © 2013 the foto fanatic)

El Nido was offered up for sale earlier in the year, having last been sold in 2010 for around $2.8 million. Here is a link to the details of the proposed sale - you will see some lovely photographs of the interior too.

Click here to see a Google Map.


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