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Killara, 92 Windermere Rd, Ascot, QLD, Australia

Photographs None
List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (24/06/1997)
Place ID 17453
Place File No 4/01/001/0283
Statement of Significance
Killara is significant as an excellent example of the work of the architect
A E Brooks. It clearly illustrates the characteristics of the Queensland Federation style and the influence of the practice in which he was working at the time: Hall and Dods (Criterion D.2).
This shows through in its artistic and technical excellence and its urbane, reserved detailing, proportioning and planning (Criterion F.1).
Killara is considered significant because of its high degree of intactness, both externally and internally, which is rare (Criteria B.2).
Official Values Not Available
Killara is a timber building with a Marseilles tiled roof, designed in a sophisticated refinement of the Queensland Federation style. The main entrance is in a projecting wing with a decorative timber gabled roof. A generous verandah, with French doors opening onto it, surrounds the house on three sides. Internally, the house has large carefully detailed rooms. The house retains much of the original furniture. An interesting polygonal bay window is featured in the large living room, and more orthodox rectangular bay windows are used in the master bedroom and dining room. Each bedroom is virtually self contained with either built in cupboards and/or wash basins. Internally, black Japan stained doors, mouldings and architraves are contrasted with painted vertical jointed boarding to the dado line. Above the dado, the walls are plasterboard. The ceiling is plastered, with cover strips forming a decorative pattern. Externally, the walls are sheeted with weatherboards, the walls to the verandahs are painted vertical jointed boarding and the eaves are boarded. The interior and exterior of the house have a very high degree of intactness. Killara is a rare example of the work of A E Brooks. It clearly illustrates the influence of the practice in which he was working at the time, that of Hall and Dods, through its artistic and technical excellence, its urbane, reserved detailing, proportioning and planning. Brooks was articled to Oakden, Addison and Kemp from 1888-1892, and was employed by the Telegraph from 1901-08. From 1908 he assisted J P O Cowlishaw and became a Deputy Instructor in Building Construction at the BCTC from 1909. In 1910 he was employed in the office of Hall and Dods, and in the same year, won the competition for the Canberra Hotel (now demolished). From 1912 he was the office manager of Hall and Dods until 1922, when he established his own practice.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
The building is in good condition. The exterior and interior of the house have a very high degree of intactness. (assessed in 1988)
92 Windermere Road, corner Kitchener Road oppsite Killara Avenue, Ascot.
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Report Produced  Tue Sep 2 14:44:39 2014