DULWICH HILL

Elizabeth Avenue

Main Period: Interwar 

Leadlight apparent at No’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45 & 47

Elizabeth Avenue was created as part of the Abergeldie Estate in 1928. Elizabeth Avenue, like much of the Abergeldie Estate, can roughly be divided into two periods, the early 1928 and 1929 houses are more like the traditional Californian bungalow design while those built after the depression years from 1933 - 1937 are homes that a greater variety of influences including Art Deco, Moderne, Neo Georgian and English Norman.

 

Elizabeth Avenue is a remarkable repository of leadlight particularly Art Deco because many of the bungalows built in the late 1920’s and 1930’s have been remarkably well preserved. The Development Control Plan No 17 that describes the Abergeldie Estate Heritage Conservation Area as being significant for a number of reasons, one of which is the ‘leadlights’ which are representative of the fashion at the time. And they are amazing. What can't be seen from the street is the leadlight that was frequently used on internal doors or leadlight in cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms and even in cabinets built into fireplaces. A walk down Elizabeth Avenue (and all the Abergeldie Estate) is very rewarding. Of the thirty houses built in Elizabeth Avenue, twenty seven have retained some of, if not all of their original leadlight.

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Elizabeth Avenue

No 1 is an Interwar bungalow (c.1936 & part of the Abergeldie Estate) with leadlight in a two panel double hung window on the verandah and in a three panel double hung angled bay window. The windows have a radiant design with bevelled glass squares as the focus.
 

No 1 Elizabeth Avenue Two Panel Double H
No 1 Elizabeth Avenue Four Panel Double

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