Swept up in grandeur of the White House

Colo­nial home re­flects stature of early busi­ness­man and mayor. By NATALIE HORDOV

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Liftout: Reviews -

HIS­TOR­I­CALLY known as the 'White Lodge', this home was built by Thomas Harold 'Shirley' White, a prom­i­nent lo­cal busi­ness­man and Mayor of Su­bi­aco from 1908-1910.

The own­ers af­fec­tion­ately call it the 'White House'.

When they bought it, they thought it was a fine ex­am­ple of a Colo­nial home and ren­o­vat­ing it has been a labour of love.

They said it was un­usu­ally large for a house of its time and the cur­rent home is the orig­i­nal struc­ture, ex­cept for the main bath­room, which was con­verted from a store cup­board.

From the en­try, a cen­tral hall­way leads past three bed­rooms (two have built-in robes and open to the front porch), a study that opens to the al­fresco area, and a large lounge room with high, cof­fered ceil­ings with pressed tin de­tail­ing. The back of the home in­cludes the kitchen and din­ing room, which opens to a ve­randa and the al­fresco area.

The house is brim­ming with gor­geous char­ac­ter fea­tures in­clud­ing a lead­light front door, or­nate arch in the hall­way, tim­ber floor­boards, ceil­ing roses, fire­places and sash win­dows.

Selling agent Chelsea Peinke said it was a stun­ning home, a place to cre­ate some beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries.

“The enor­mous lounge with a vaulted cof­fered ceil­ing is the state­ment room of the house,” she said.

“When I first walked into that room my jaw hit the floor in amaze­ment of its grand­ness.

“It's a per­fect fam­ily home; the kids that came through the first open were all run­ning in cir­cles ex­cit­edly around the gar­den.

“It would also be fan­tas­tic for a cou­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate the charm of grand char­ac­ter, and who love en­ter­tain­ing.”

The home is on a 711sq m cor­ner block with plenty of lawn space, gar­den beds and ma­ture trees.

The lo­ca­tion is con­ve­nient, close to the city, Leed­erville, beach, train and free­way.

Mueller Park is di­rectly op­po­site and it is five-minute walk to Mary Street Bak­ery.

The home has her­itage sig­nif­i­cance within the City of Su­bi­aco.

The own­ers said they were agree­able to the list­ing as it en­sured the prop­erty would not be de­mol­ished with­out a fight and the City would also con­trib­ute to the up­keep of the ex­te­rior of the build­ing to main­tain the con­di­tion of the prop­erty. ■

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