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50 Victoria Avenue Claremont

'Colwyn' is one of the grandest heritage residences in Claremont. The house, with its full width verandahs surmounted by a splendid terracotta shingle roof, is a landmark to both Victoria Avenue and the Swan River foreshore. Constructed for Arthur Bunning, one of the notable timber merchants of the day, the house was a showcase for the use of Western Australian timbers and the standard of craftsmanship available in the heyday of the Gold Boom era, particularly the decorative joinery in the interiors. This extensive restoration of 'Colwyn' has been a labour of love for the owner / builder and is a credit to the tradesmen employed on the project.

Project Details:
Working with the original character of the house, views to the river beyond and the street presence of the house was reinstated. The front of the house is presented with a symmetrical courtyard set between a pair of carports. Carefully planned additions and adaptations to the original layout include ensuite facilities, study, home theatre and a greenhouse breakfast room. The formal lounge and dining room, kitchen and family spaces were adapted from the original rooms housing similar activities. Void spaces found behind existing walls which were not part of the original layout of the house were cleverly adapted into sauna, cellar and laundry.

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2009Australian Institute of Architects, Heritage Council of Western Australia, Heritage Conservation Award - Commendation

Housing Industry Association – NAB WA Housing Awards, Renovations / Alterations Project of the Year, Builder - Olympic Holdings Pty. Ltd