Rescue Me Please: I'm a Boom Style Italianate Mansion

Put on your best Victorian walking dress, 
because today we are going to buy Friesia, 
an 1880s loggia-encased Italianate home 
and we shall start with a walk in its most charming botanical gardens.



  The carriage will arrive here, 
by the wrought iron gates,
and we shall alight prettily 
so as not to get our long skirts too muddy.
No actually, on second thoughts, 
let's arrive by penny farthing bicycle.
Because we are up with the latest fashion.
As we walk through the crunchy gravel, 
we shall admire the beautiful Italian Renaissance inspired architecture,
with its loggia and bay windows.
Friesia was designed by the German architect John Koch,
and employs all the fabulous details of the Boom Style, 
for this is Melbourne during the Gold Rush, 
and there is plenty of money to be spent on details
like stone balustrades & intricate plaster mouldings on the parapets.
Oh, there are the children playing in the lovely garden. 
Plenty of places for them to play hide and seek.
We might have our sponge cake and Earl Grey tea on the loggia,
while the children play in the garden.
But let's go inside now, 
so we can explore the house itself.
This is the Octagonal Clerestory Hall, 
rather a splendid centrepiece of the floor plan.


Speaking of floor plans, 
let's get our bearings,
so we can see where we are.
The Hall has some extraordinarily beautiful leadlight,
casting colourful shafts of light below.
The house also comes with a restored cottage & stables,
so our guests can stay here too.
In such a romantic house, 
how could we not fall in love?
Friesia is an absolutely enchanting home,
from an era of grandeur and detail.
It's a glorious property,
and part of social history.

Would you like to live here?

Friesia: 21 Isabella Grove, Hawthorn, Melbourne.
Property Images & Agents: Kay & Burton
Victorian fashion plates & last image: hats from history.