Essendon's Heritage Homes

Lowther Hall (formerly Earlesbrae Hall), Essendon

heritage homes

Here is a collection of some notable heritage homes in the Essendon area built in the 1880’s land boom that still stand today. Whilst some are now used for commercial purposes, many have been beautifully restored and modernized and remain much sought-after private homes

Ascot House

1856, 1880s additions
50 Fenton Street, Ascot Vale

A grand mid-Victorian mansion on a 4,500m2 elevated and manicured estate.


(formerly Craigville Hall)

33 Tweedside Street, Essendon

A double-fronted stuccoed (smooth rustication) masonry house of many wings with a timber veranda and slated simply hipped roof. Built in the area’s pastoral period.


23 Woolley Street, Essendon

Farmers House, made of stone with a slate roof, built on the Tweedside Estate during its pastoral period.


Circa 1867
37 Lincoln Road, Essendon

Large mid-Victorian brick home built on the Tweedside Estate featuring a notable verandah shading the east, north and south sides of the home, featuring ornate ironwork.

Trinafour House

55 Park Street, Moonee Ponds

Two-storeyed stuccoed brick and hipped-roof – Italian Renaissance, with uncommon cast-iron pattern balustrading giving it a French look.

Gillespie’s Mansion

(St.Columba’s College)

Circa 1882
Leslie Road, Essendon

An 18 room Italian Renaissance Mansion, by Melbourne architects Twentyman & Askew.  Purchased by the school in 1896, a new wing was added in 1922, and a chapel in 1937.

Ardoch Towers

34 Brewster Street, Essendon

Impressively renovated Italianate Mansion with imposing tower, set on a sprawling 2,454m2 block opposite Windy Hill.


(formerly Dunoon)

65 Park Street, Moonee Ponds

A late Victorian Regency style mansion featuring a rendered brick facade on bluestone foundations. Interiors are resplendent with ornate Mahagony detailing, including a grand staircase with a large stained glass feature window.


(formerly Ellimatta)

38 Miller Street, Essendon

An imposing home that sits atop a raised corner block of 2.456m2, Napperby is a Gothic Revival home, with rendered brick and a two-story unusually patterned cast-iron lace verandah. Recently renovated and extended.


(Ave Maria College)

20 Vida Street, Aberfeldie

A stuccoed Italianate mansion with a slate hipped roof, two level return cast iron verandah and parapeted tower.

Buckley Manor

200 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds

Italianate asymmetrical stuccoed brick villa with a tower in the French manner. A widow’s walk crowns a flared, slated roof tower which is adorned with architectural oculi to each face and ornate stucco ornaments upon its walls.


11 Levien Street, Essendon

A unique red brick Tudor Revival home with steep gabled roofed, cathedral ceilings and arched and stained-glass windows.

Earlsbrae Hall

(Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School)

Commissioned in 1890, completed 1892
17 Leslie Road, Essendon

A distinctive mansion in the classical revival style, impressive Earlsbrae features a pediment, 16 imposing Corinthian pillars, dwarf walls and podium overlooking the entry steps. Beautifully restored and maintained, Earlsbrae Hall is a celebrated and standout property in Essendon area.

Park Lodge

44 Park Street, Moonee Ponds

Semi-gothic design, built of patterned Hawthorn bricks and a slate roof.  Balcony has intricate iron lacework, and the property features a balconied tower above the entrance and stained glass windows.  Originally built as a school, and sold as a private residence in 1916.


(formerly Roseneath)

40 Ardmillan Road, Moonee Ponds

A sophisticated late boom period Italianate villa that sits on the crest of the Ardmillan Road hill on a 1455m2 block. Asymmetrical in design, the home is constructed of cement stuccoed brick, with cast iron ridge cresting and verandah, and elaborate terrace tiles. A distinctive three-story tower was added in 1890 (and sympathetically replaced in 2001 due to structural issues).


56 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

Large 20 room Victorian Italianate Mansion, with tuck pointed patterned Hawthorn brick and slate roof, on bluestone foundations.  Featuring extensive leadlights, a gallery verandah with tessellated tiles and intricate iron lacework, mahogany main staircase and marble fireplaces.


(Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School)

83 Park Street, Moonee Ponds

Once also known as ‘Narbethong’, this stately Elizabethan Revival style home is built from red brick with cement ornamentation.  It has Dutch gables, return verandah with iron lacework and Tudor style bay windows and arched portico and entrance.

North Park

Late 1880s
69 Woodland Street, Essendon

Queen Anne Revival Mansion with red brick walls, half timbering with rough cast in the gables, orange terracotta tiles, ornamental barge boards, decorative chimneys and ornate glazing. It also features Scottish Baronial, French, Victorian and Tudor architectural elements. One of the finest private mansions with extensive picturesque gardens ever built in Victroria.