By Cathy Jones
67-69 The Boulevarde Strathfield was built on the 1925 subdivision of the frontage of the mansion ‘Glen Luna’, 2-4 Carrington Avenue. This subdivision created lots facing The Boulevarde and changed the orientation of ‘Glen Luna’ from The Boulevarde to 2-4 Carrington Avenue Strathfield.
This house was built in 1926 for owner Dr Michael Veech to a design by prominent Sydney architects Scott Ernest & Green. The builder was G P Jones & Sons, Underwood Street Paddington. The estimated cost of the building was £5900.
Ernest Scott (1863-1947) was one of Sydney’s prominent architects practicing as Scott Ernest A. & Green in partnership with Edward Green FRAIA, Scott, Green & Scott (c.1923 – 1935) and finally as E A & T M Scott Architects until his death in 1947. He was President of RAIA NSW Chapter from 1908-1910 and 1932-33. He designed the AMP Building, Toohey’s Brewery, and Watsons Bay Hotel. At a local level, he designed the current Horse & Jockey Hotel Homebush, St Martha’s School (Churchill Avenue Strathfield) and remodelled the Wentworth Hotel (Homebush).
Dr Veech was a medical practitioner and anaesthetist at Lewisham Hospital. The house included a medical surgery and waiting room for patients as well as a private residence. The house was leased c.1935 to Dr Alexander Menzies McIntosh, who later purchased the property for £5500. The ownership of the property was transferred in 1949 for £9000 to Salvatore and Mary Zammit.
de Sauty, Ted, 1986, Painting of 67-69 The Boulevarde Strathfield
Higham, A., ‘Ernest Alfred Scott FRAIA’, 20th Century Architects of Significance’ Royal Institute of Architects Information Sheet, 2003.
Strathfield Council Building Register
Zammit, I., 67-69 The Boulevarde Strathfield, Strathfield District Historical Society Newsletter Vol. 19, No. 1, January 1996
This is one of the most handsome and important Inter-war houses in Strathfield and it is surprising that it isn’t listed by the National Trust. Some serious work needs to be done to improve the buildings listed by the Trust in Strathfield and Burwood municipalities as the respective councils are quite remiss in the heritage listings on their LEPs. There is, I believe, another Strathfield home by Ernest A. Scott of Green & Scott Architects at 154 The Boulevarde, Strathfield, in the Municipality of Burwood. It is part of a distinguished group of houses built in the 1920s and 1930s on the site of the Lanreath Estate. Lanreath was the 1907 home of the Crago family. Francis Crago arrived in Sydney from Cornwall in 1867 and his mills are well known heritage items in NSW. Through marriage the Crago family are connected to other notable inner-west families such as the Hoskins, Loveridge and Ritchie families. Anyone with information about the architect of Lanreath might like to respond to this post as it is likely that the design was by Alfred Gambier Newman (1875 – 1921) but as yet I haven’t been able to substantiate this claim. After the demolition of Lanreath the area bounded by The Boulevarde to the west and Henry, Willee and Wonga streets to the east displays a fine collection of domestic architecture. It is not on any list of important buildings and surely should be. I suggest your readers take a walk around this block and marvel at its distinguished architecture before it is destroyed by minimal maintenance or other devious means. Some of the property owners are clearly house proud but others seem to subscribe to the concept of demolition by neglect.