ART DECO MAS­TER­PIECE SUR­VIVES

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - RESIDENTIAL -

HAV­ING lived here for more than a decade and with all signs point­ing to its Art Deco ori­gins, own­ers Paul and So­phie and their two chil­dren al­ways knew their home would have a fas­ci­nat­ing story to tell.

And as luck would have it, when they held a garage sale about 10 years ago, a de­scen­dant of the first owner visited them with pho­tos of the dwelling’s first oc­cu­pants.

“The home was built by its owner Ge­orge Mul­vay, whose fam­ily came to WA via Scot­land, New Zealand and Queens­land be­fore set­tling here,” So­phie said.

“One of the daugh­ters, Lona, played pi­ano and had mu­sic lessons in the front room; she later per­formed live on ABC Ra­dio.

“They also must have had a horse or cow as the orig­i­nal old sta­bles are still stand­ing at the rear of the prop­erty.”

Af­ter do­ing some of their own re­search, Paul and So­phie also dis­cov­ered the res­i­dence, on a 1066sq m block, had un­der­gone sev­eral im­prove­ments since it was first listed in his­tor­i­cal records in 1938.

“The own­ers im­me­di­ately be­fore us did ex­ten­sive land­scap­ing and put in an Art Deco-style car­port in 2002, keep­ing in sym­pa­thy with the style of the home,” So­phie said.

“The own­ers be­fore that put in a large ex­ten­sion, which dou­bled the size of the house, giv­ing a large fam­ily/din­ing area and a main bed­room with en­suite and walk-in robe but still leav­ing enough gar­den space for en­ter­tain­ing.

“They also added a stu­dio, which can be used as an of­fice or re­treat; this was prob­a­bly done about 24 years ago.”

Paul and So­phie have also con­trib­uted to the home’s mod­erni­sa­tion over the decades, re­mod­elling the main bath­room and up­dat­ing the kitchen by re­mov­ing an old man­tle and chim­ney.

To­day, the house still re­tains much of its orig­i­nal char­ac­ter fea­tures, in­clud­ing high or­nate ceil­ings, tim­ber win­dow frames, pol­ished floor­boards and pic­ture rails.

There are also four bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, a for­mal lounge room, for­mal din­ing room and an open-plan kitchen/fam­ily/meals area.

“There is room in the house for each of us to spread out and have our own space and a lovely big area to gather and sit with friends,” So­phie said.

“The back­yard has fed us many home-grown veg­eta­bles and we have had chick­ens and a con­stant sup­ply of eggs for about eight years.

“It also boasts mul­berry, grape­fruit, orange, lemon, cherry guava and feijoa trees.”

The prop­erty is also per­fectly lo­cated close to parks, shops, schools and sport­ing clubs.

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