Saturday, March 17, 2012

Flamboyant Tay Creggan 52/11/2

Tay Creggan in Yarra Street Hawthorn was built in 1891/2 for prominent Melbourne architect Robert Guyon Whittlesey Purchas. When the 1890s depression hit he sold the house and it went through various owners and states until being bought by Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar in 1969.

Purchas was one of the most prominent architects in Melbourne around the turn of the century, one of the first to be influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement, and helped to establish the journal Arts and Crafts in 1895.

Tay Creggan is on the Victorian Heritage Register and classified by the National Trust.

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