Coorparoo is a well-established, inner south-eastern, residential suburb of Brisbane. The ridgetops with their panoramic city views were the preferred location for numerous large, architecturally designed homes in the initial development of the area. Inter-war homes now dominate the suburb, though a mixed collection of styles and eras are present. ‘Tarangower’ stands out in its scale and style in this area. The siting at the apex of a hill, combined with the grand scale of this house makes it an exposed and highly visible, neighbourhood landmark. Open, panoramic views of the Brisbane CBD, surrounding suburbs and hills beyond are also present from this site.
Set on a generous, irregularly shaped, corner block with busy roads to the west and south, the front elevation of ‘Tarrangower’ faces a quiet side street to the east. It is primarily a two-storey residence sitting closer to the north and west boundaries. Below the primary ground level, a substantial addition to the north-east of the site includes a small secondary residence with car parking under and roof forms continue along the northern elevation, providing covered external areas to a lower third level. Vehicular access onto the site is on the northern boundary from the west with additional two garage spaces, under the eastern lawn, accessed by Wylie Avenue to the east. Separate access to the granny flat addition is also from Wylie Avenue.
An original brick and timber fence encompasses the property, with detailed face brick piers, face brick plinths with timber batten infill across the top. A curved stucco feature highlights the western pedestrian entry. The eastern fence and retaining wall differs with brick banding detail to brick piers similar to the brick pilasters of the residence, with roughcast stucco infill and face brick capping. A grand brick pedestrian entry to the east with solid timber lattice-like gate also has brick banding detailing, providing access from the street level up to the ground level of the residence with masonry stairs. The site is dominated by a large open lawn to the east, known previously as a tennis court, with border planting and trimmed hedges. The western portion of the site is more formally landscaped with paved terraces, water features and larger gardens with mature plantings.
The house is approximately rectangular in plan and with a large terracotta tiled gable roof. Exterior walls of the ground floor are exposed brick, as are the pilasters that extend the full height of the house. The upper storey exterior walls are stucco finish and pale in colour. Original open balconies to the west and south have solid balustrades with stucco finish, face brick capping and face brick piers. There is an entry portico at ground level to the south with adjacent timber trellis. A newer timber deck to the north has timber slat balustrading with timber shingle cladding skirt and is partially covered by a skillion roof. This deck area has additional veranda space below. A covered terrace to the east with double timber posts and awning style tiled roof that covers the bank of timber French doors to the eastern lawn, also appears to be a later addition.
The tiled roof features exposed rafter detailing to the eaves, half-shingled gable ends with exposed roof timbers. An ornately detailed face brick and stucco chimney with two chimney pots features on the north-eastern corner. The windows in ‘Tarangower’ are timber-framed casement window with square clear leadlight detail and exposed brick sills. The ground floor windows also include detailed leadlighting. The upper floor features two large banks of windows with embedded intermittent colonnettes. Paired casement windows feature throughout the house.
The interiors of this residence have not been inspected.
‘Tarangower’ is in excellent condition and the main house has seen minimal intervention. Major additions have been made to the site however terracing of the new works on the sloping site has helped minimise the visual impact on the subject residence.