Wirringulla, Camberwell, 1981
Image: Architectural Model - Barlow House
Source: Museum Victoria
Designed by architect Marcus Barlow for his own use, Wirringulla was described in 1927 by Australian Home Beautiful as 'the bungalow in its proper setting'. Built in white stuccoed brick, roofed in grey tiles with gable ends in green shingle, Wirringulla sits in a large garden with a curving gravel drive, sweeping lawns and reflecting pool. For the new suburban necessity, the motor car, there were two garages. One of these was built under the huge spreading roof of the house. Wide, deep verandas, a creeper clad pergola, attic rooms and a sleeping porch, a large and simple hall and play glass windows which open from one living space to another are featured in this substantial bungalow. Hundreds of modest interpretations of a house such as this were designed and built by architects and builders in the 1920s as the vogue for bungalow living of open plans, fresh air verandas and sleeping porches came to represent the height of informal suburban living.