Astolat an example of Italianate Victorian architecture

Astolat – Riversdale Road Camberwell


Statement of Significance

Astolat, the residence was erected c.1884-8 and the garden developed in subsequent years. A small portion of the rear garden was excised in the inter-war years. The property is a typical nineteenth century suburban villa and garden; attributes include the carriage drive, elaborate timber picket fence, mature trees and shurbs, layout of oval lawn formed by carriage loop, tennis court and early pavilion, service yard and early outbuildings, and remnant orchard/ vegetale garden area; – for its retention of a typical large Italianate residence of the late nineteenth century; attributes include its asymmetrical building form, return cast iron verandah (on the north and east elevations), refined cement render detailing, intact fenestration, chimneys ( with unpainted render) and slate roof.
Classified 15/04/1992


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A rare glimpse of life in gracious nineteenth-century Melbourne is seen in the elegant and beautifully maintained garden surrounding an impressive Italianate Victorian mansion.

Significant historic trees, unusual species, azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias.  Rich borders of shrubs and perennials flank generous lawns, while a series of garden rooms tempt  visitors to explore during the




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