It has been noticed by a number of regular readers of the similarities in architectural style between the houses ‘Radstoke’ (2 Malvern Crescent, formerly The Boulevarde, Strathfield) and ‘Audley’ 16 Jersey Road Strathfield. It is likely they are both designed by the same architect but information has been difficult to obtain. Style similarities include similar planter boxes on the first floor of each house as well as similar scale and materials used in both houses.
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‘Radstoke’ was built in 1920 for Dr Walter Burfitt and is a large interwar house featuring influences of the Arts and Crafts style in use of roughcast render, slate roofing and leadlight windows. From 1923-1933, it was the home of Arthur Clifton Wilkinson, Manager of the Australian Woollen Mills. Subsequent subdivisions reduced the house’s surrounding land and changed its address to Malvern Crescent.
‘Audley’ is located in Jersey Road Strathfield. It is located in the Burwood Council Local Government Area. According to research by Burwood Council’s Local Studies Advisor Kesia Malicka, this house was built in 1922 by Preston and Isabel Gowing (of Gowing Bros Department Store). The Gowing’s named the house ‘Audley’ and lived there with their children including son James Preston Gowing. He later married Mollie Wiesener, daughter of Dr and Mrs F. Abbey Wiesener of Jersey Road Strathfield and the couple lived in the ‘Audley’ house. In 1932, the house was sold to Frank Maxwell. The house was subsequently sub-divided into flats.
‘Audley’ 16 Jersey Road Strathfield.