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Raaen99

Posted on 01/12/2014


Photo taken on May 30, 2009


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Fretwork Detail of "Banavie" a Large Art Nouveau Villa - Essendon

Fretwork Detail of "Banavie" a Large Art Nouveau Villa - Essendon
"Banavie" is a wonderful Art Nouveau style villa in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon. It is named after a little Scottish village at the foot of Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest peak. As Essendon had a high population of immigrants and first generation Australians around the turn of the Twentieth Century, it would not be inappropriate to assume that the owners who built this villa were Scottish, and may have come from Benavie. The name is written in very stylised Art Nouveau Sucsessionist script on a brass cartouche set in the fretwork of the central gable.

Built in the years immediately following Australian Federation (1901), the choice of style is very bold, and it was no doubt a statement by the owners of their awareness of European design, their wealth, status and artistic pursuits. The wonderful facade features Art Nouveau fretwork of tulips and beautiful stained glass windows of stylised Art Nouveau roses in purple and blue. The roof is made of well crafted tiles with terracotta capping, and even the chimneys are created in a stylised Art Nouveau style.

There are not many pure Art Nouveau houses in Melbourne, as it was such a short lived style. Therefore, this is a very special villa indeed.

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