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Ewan House (formerly Innisfail), Lodge, Lanterned Pavillion

Item details

Name of item: Ewan House (formerly Innisfail), Lodge, Lanterned Pavillion
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 1-3 Billyard Avenue, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Local govt. area: Ku-Ring-Gai
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1-3 Billyard AvenueWahroongaKu-Ring-Gai  Primary Address
cnr Cleveland StreetWahroongaKu-Ring-Gai  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Reasons for listing; historic, social, architectural, group value, landmark value, state significance Note: gardens (esp. gatelodge trees)
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Designer/Maker: Herbert Wardell (in 1894)
Construction years: 1896-
Physical description: Ewan House is an excellent Federation style mansion, with almost intact interiors to the main rooms. The house is historically and socially important as an indication of the lifestyle of John Thomas Toohey, who with his brother founded Toohey's Brewery in the 1870s. The house is complemented and enhanced by two small and picturesque nearby Federation buildings such as the lodge and art room. The listing includes the highly decorated wrought iron entrance gates to Billyard Avenue with their brick piers on stone bases ( National Trust of Australia Listing Proposal 1983).
Modifications and dates: Various Altered or extended unsympathetically


Historical notes: Historical period: Pre-1900.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLEP No 2 01 Mar 91   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Ku-ring-gai Heritage Study198709:054Robert Moore, Penelope Pike and Helen ProudfootSB Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Local History Sources
Written  RAIA 20th Century Buildings of Significance.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1880159

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