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Chrystobel Crescent

Grace Park Estate was part of the large land holding of Melbourne hotelier and leading Hawthorn pioneer, Michael Lynch and his wife Julia (nee Grace) and one of the first estates in Hawthorn. Lynch's will provided that the estate was to be retained by the family in perpetuity and blocks in the Grace Park estate were originally offered as leasehold by Henry Byron Moore who leased the estate in 1884 from Lynch's son.

It is Moore who is believed to be responsible for Grace Park's distinctive curving crescents. Chrystobel Crescent is thought to follow the original curving drive to the Lynch family home, which had become Grace Park Ladies College by the time lots in the estate were offered for sale. Leasehold tenure did not prove popular and by 1895 Moore's lease was surrendered and the property reverted to the Lynch family. Remaining blocks were sold after 1906 when the Kew railway line cut through and most homes in the estate were built after that time. Today the estate is recognized as having some of Melbourne's best Edwardian architecture.

"Winton" at 15 Chrystobel Crescent (circa 1915) is a magnificent double storey Edwardian residence and was built for a William Burne. For a period before the Second World War until 1960 William Elliget and his family lived in "Winton". Although always a private home, for some time the large room at the rear of the house, which has its own external access, was rented out and once had a kitchenette.

All the fine features of the Edwardian era are on display in this home. There are beautifully proportioned rooms, an ornate slate roof and intricate fretwork down the entrance hall and in the dining room bay window. Leadlight appears not only in the gracious windows of the formal areas but also in every door throughout the house. The painted glass in the window above the landing halfway up the stairs depicts Australian birds.

The decorative plasterwork on the cornices and ceilings in the entrance hall, formal rooms and main bedroom is also original and well worth looking up to admire.

At the rear of the house the deep verandah opens to lawn and garden, a tranquil setting for the family pool. The mature garden is of generous proportions and features many established plants and trees, perhaps from the Lynch era.

These notes have been prepared with the kind assistance of the owners.