Presiding over both Brisbane’s landscape and its architectural history, Cremorne is an icon of the past and a tribute to modern luxury.

Originally built in 1905, the award-winning Hamilton Hill estate retains the elegant heritage exterior of a classic Queenslander with a full, contemporary restoration inside and a pavilion extension. Stained glass windows, four-metre high ceilings, and a surplus of gazebos and verandahs ensure that nearly every room is graced by 180 degree views of the Brisbane skyline and river.

“The most significant details are its prominent position on Hamilton Hill with rolling grass, wrap-around verandahs, characteristic rotundas with breathtaking views and beautiful bay breezes,” said Sarah Hackett, Managing Director of Place – Bulimba. “Cremorne is an outstanding demonstration of a grand Queensland Federation home.”

The heritage-listed villa was originally built for Brisbane publican James Denis O’Connor and his wife, the daughter of John Graham, a major Brisbane identity and property owner.

Its spaciousness and emphasis on capturing the views, makes it perfect for entertaining, and the mansion remained in the family for almost 90 years. Three generations of O’Connors resided there, until the land was subdivided and the house sold in 1998 to a prominent Brisbane restaurant family.

Cremorne is the only Brisbane example of the domestic work by Sydney trained architects Eaton and Bates, renowned for an eclectic style that fuses eastern and western classical traditions and has earned many of their designs heritage-listed designations. The main residence has remained relatively the same, with the original artwork dating back to the early 1900s. The home’s interior features exquisite original leadlight windows, grand high-pressed ceilings, and original ventilation and wood fireplaces. With a modern upgrade, the generously scaled rooms now flow from one to the next; the original structure seamlessly complementing the recent extension. “The fusion of old world charm and character, with the distinct transitions of the modern extension reflecting our lifestyle, makes Cremorne special,” said Hackett.

The new pavilion, helmed by Donovan Hill Architects (now BVN Donovan Hill) was awarded the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Queensland) and the Regional Commendation for Brisbane that same year. The extension is crafted from imported French zinc and flaunts floor-to-ceiling glass windows that capitalise on the vistas of the river and nearby city.

Overlooking river and mountain views, the master suite opens onto the grand verandah, restored heritage hallways connecting it to the drawing room, which catches the morning sun scintillating on the river.

The grounds provide a city oasis, with lavish exterior staircases that lead to rolling lawns and landscape gardens. A sweeping, bituminoid driveway, its entrance distinguished with brick pillars and a timber trellis, is flanked by mature Queen Palms. For optimum relaxation and entertaining, two outdoor areas feature a fireplace, an enormous outdoor dining area, barbecue, and a 13-metre self-cleaning swimming pool. A 3000-bottle wine cellar will satisfy oenophiles, whether interests lie in hosting or collecting.

Cremorne was recently sold at auction and was listed by Sarah Hackett and Damien Hackett of Place – Bulimba.

 

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