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Fenton and Garden, 8 Albert St, Edgecliff, NSW, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (25/08/1981)
Place ID 2597
Place File No 1/12/041/0106
Statement of Significance
Fenton is the last personal statement by an important Australian architect, Robin Dods, and as such has been influential. Hardy Wilson, Professor Wilkinson, B J Waterhouse and Sir Robert Lorimer all admired it. It was built around Dod's fine collection of furniture, most of which remains.

(The Commission is in the process of developing and/or upgrading official statements for places listed prior to 1991. The above data was mainly provided by the nominator and has not yet been revised by the Commission.)
Official Values Not Available
Description
A well considered fusion of Arts and Crafts, American/Mediterranean and Colonial influences. A long brick drive leads to a walled garden facing a symmetrical and restrained white painted rendered brick wall with sandstone plinth and dressings, deep green shutters and above a steep roof of flat terracotta shingle tiles. On the harbour side the land falls away to expose a lower floor with a loggia behind simple arcading. The joinery and interior detailing is largely intact with some sympathetic additions.
A single storey house having white rendered walls, sandstone plinth and dressings, and hipped tile roof. Front door has fanlight and side lights within small porch framed by simple columns and lintel. Lower floor on harbour side with a loggia behind simple arcade (now a separate flat). Red paved concrete terrace. The ceiling of the hall is a single vault in white plaster, while the drawing room has natural maple panelling.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
Bottom floor now a flat, garage added by Alan Devereux. John Moore carried out some work on interior and added new laundry.
Location
8 Albert Street, Edgecliff.
Bibliography
'THE HOME' VOL 1 NO 1 FEB 1920 PP 20,21. 'THE SALON' VOL 2, NO 1, 1913

Report Produced  Tue Apr 22 01:46:20 2014