Another reblog …
(I stole this image from SealASash who did Minarto’s windows in December)
I saw this place yesterday. I’ve been driving along the Lancefield road several times a year since 1990 and have never seen this mansion until yesterday when coming home from visiting the in-laws! I glimpsed it between the trees which – it turned out – had not long been trimmed, with all the dead ones removed. It was an awesome sight. I didn’t take any photos of my own as I was a bit daunted by the trespass sign which said something like this …
We wouldn’t dare jump your fence and poke around your home. Please don’t do it to ours.
Well said. So I contented myself with parking the car and having a quick look. Since this article, the home has again changed hands when it proved too big an undertaking for the couple who first bought it. The price was $2,850,000 this time and restoration is underway. A Melbourne couple have purchased it and intend to restore the house and grounds sympathetic to the original. Next time I will take my own photos from the roadside.
Go check out the photos on this blog …
‘Mintaro’ is an imposing Italianate country mansion just outside of Melbourne. The house is being put up for auction in November with a reserve price of $3 million. (Update: The house sold for $3 million).
The 2-storey rendered brick home was built in 1881-1882 for Captain Robert Gardiner at a cost of £22,000. It was designed by prominent architect James Gall, who also designed the ‘Frognall’ and ‘Noorilim’ mansions.
The design was said to be influenced by Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s summer residence on the Isle of Wight, but it also described as a small replica of Melbourne’s Government House (built 1876).
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