Sherren House, St Catherines School, Toorak
Brownlow Interior Design have been engaged to lead an ongoing, restoration style update, of the interiors of Sherren House.
Sherren House (formerly known as Beaulieu and Killbride), dating essentially from the 1880s, is of significance as one of a small number of surviving nineteenth century Toorak mansions which retains a number of its original features and stands in relative isolation (Criterion B.2).
The building has historical importance for its direct associations with the prominent retailer, Mars Buckley, founder of Buckley and Nunn’s, which became one of Victoria’s major drapery stores. The residence was Buckley’s home for a number of decades until his death (Criterion H.I.).
The building illustrates a number of characteristics of a large Victorian Italianate mansion of the later nineteenth century. Some important architectural features are the Italianate detailing and asymmetry, extensive two storey loggia, intact cement render finish, the front fence and early granite gates. The c1915 extensive internal alterations for L S Mackinnon survive largely intact and contribute to the home’s architectural significance as a wealthy residence of the period (Criterion D.2).