Darnlee, Toorak, 1899

That house with the turret on Lansell Road that stands out whether driving through Toorak is up for sale, so here’s a post that’s all real estate photos. Called Darnlee, it was built in 1899, and is an elaborate and unusual example of Edwardian, a style which emerged pretty much the year before, and quickly everyone was doing. Some great interior details, carved timber, elaborate plaster, even an octagonal skylight. The architect was Leonard Flannagan, who I know mainly from his tram depots built in the 1910s, like the Hawthorn one. Darnlee was occupied by a succession of Toorak types, then during WW2 it was a hostel for the WAAF. Then it was TB rehab, then used by and the Department of Education, then from the 1990s, it was an aged care facility. Pretty intact despite all that. Being sold with vacant possession, probably go for $20 mill to someone who’ll put a ten car underground garage with a pool on top out the back, but the main house can’t be changed too much since it’s on the heritage register (phew!).

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