By Cathy Jones
‘Luleo’ 105 The Boulevarde (cnr Albyn Rd) Strathfield was built in 1911 for Stuart Ritchie, a rolling stock contractor of the firm Ritchie Bros, and was designed by architect George Sydney Jones. The house is currently occupied by the Maronite Diosese. There have been a number of alterations and extensions to the original design.
‘Luleo’ stands on the grounds of the former Thompson estate ‘Malvern’. The Thompsons were relatives of the architect George Sydney Jones. This building adds to the number of Jones designed homes located in the vicinity of ‘Luleo’ in Albyn Rd including ‘Darenth’ (34 Albyn Rd), ‘Bickley’ and ‘Treaghre’ (demolished). However, ‘Luleo’ is a significant departure from Jones’ earlier Strathfield designs as the house was multi-storey, incorporated flat roof elements and rendered finishes.
In March 1911, Building magazine notified the construction of Luleo – ‘Strathfield – erection of a residence. G. S. Jones; builder H E Wearne, Liverpool’. Strathfield Council Minutes noted approval to build a brick house in May 1911 for the owner Ritchie for an estimated amount of £2000 and builder Wearne.
By 1936, ownership of the house was transferred to Edward Glasson, a company director and by 1939, to David Monheit, a chemist. By 1948, the house was owned by Viola Rudd and in 1957, Edith Chambers, who renamed the house ‘Merrylinga’. Around 1960, part of the rear grounds facing Albyn Road were subdivided from the house creating residential lots on Albyn Rd.
“Advertising” Construction : Weekly Supplement to Building (Sydney, NSW : 1909 – 1914) 20 March 1911: 1. Web. 11 Jul 2021 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article234757498>
Department of Valuer-General, Valuation Lists, Municipality of Strathfield
Martin, L, 1978-1979, ‘George Sydney Jones Architect 1864-1927’, Historical Research Thesis Faculty of Architecture University of New South Wales.
RE will and one codicil thereto of STUART DOUGLAS RITCHIE, late of “Wirian”, Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill, in (1967, May 5). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), p. 1483. Retrieved July 11, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219983808
Strathfield Council Meeting Minutes May 1911
’Luleo’ 105 The Boulevarde Strathfield. Photo from northern view Cathy Jones 2021.
’Luleo’ building and interiors. Building Magazine 1917.