Swept up in grandeur of the White House
Colonial home reflects stature of early businessman and mayor. By NATALIE HORDOV
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. ■