Nundah is a suburb located eight kilometres northeast of the Brisbane city centre. It has a largely residential character with a compact commercial centre. Hows Road is a residential street of primarily interwar residences with later infill and multi-residential developments to the eastern portion of the street, which includes the subject residence. The eastern portion of the street is narrower and the subject residence is approximately aligned with Hedley Street opposite. A traffic island with established vegetation provides relief to the front of the property.
Set on a gently sloping block, falling away from the street, the main level of the house is elevated from the street. The house addresses the street to the north at an angle, running parallel to the western side boundary, maintaining a generous front setback, consistent with surrounding residences. The long, narrow, slightly tapered site is heavily vegetated with a number of large canopy trees to the rear and street frontage. A large grassed backyard is surrounded with generous border gardens, lushly planted amongst the established trees. The front yard is an open lawn with a central concrete path, narrow planted border gardens with stone edging. A concrete strip driveway runs along the eastern boundary providing access to the car accommodation located under the eastern side of the house where an additional level continues under through to the rear. An open lightweight metal panel fence lines the north and eastern boundaries of the property, with double gates to the driveway and a central pedestrian gate access. There is a tall timber batten fence to the western and southern boundaries.
Wagner Farmhouse has an original square core with kitchen to the rear and wrap around verandahs to the north and east. The roof core is pyramidal in shape, with a hipped roof to the rear kitchen wing, and separate skillion roof to the verandahs. The eaves are narrow throughout. Each of the roofs is clad in later sheet metal. An early rear verandah may have been removed to allow for the low skillion roofed living room addition at the rear. A lower level hipped roof also to the rear, covers a paved outdoor entertainment area. A painted brick chimney with contrast banding is located over the rear kitchen wing.
The external walls are clad in timber chamferboard with vertical-jointed timber and exposed framing to the front verandah. There are timber-framed windows throughout including original double hung, and later clear glazed casements and hoppers to later works. There are separate timber and tin window awnings with battened brackets to all external windows. The front verandah features double chamfered posts with ornate timber brackets, a three-rail dowel timber balustrade, ornate lattice timber double gates and painted timber decking. The heavily panelled timber entrance door with decorative leadlight sidelights and fanlights has similar leadlight French doors adjacent. The verandah is accessed via a short run of timber stairs with gabled frontispiece with decorative bargeboards and filigree infill over.
Open concrete breezeblocks enclose the front subfloor area, between the square concrete stumps. The lower floor additions include both solid blockwork infill and retaining with timber chamferboard to the rear and portions of the western elevation.
The interior of the building has not been inspected. Publicly available photography, including floor plans, have been reviewed. The interior includes wide polished pine floorboards, vertical-jointed timber walls, high ceilings to inner core of the building and detailed timber trims throughout. Detailed plaster ceilings feature in the lounge room with v-jointed timber ceilings to the remaining high ceilings, and suspended fans and light fittings generally. Tapered height ceilings to surrounding rooms are generally flush-lined with the larger rear living room addition having a v-groove sheet ceiling. Timber panelled doors with detailed breezeways over and timber framed double-hung windows feature with timber framed hopper windows to the later enclosed areas. A cast iron fireplace to the lounge room is surrounded by a timber and mirrored detailed mantel with ceramic tile insets to fireplace and hearth. The kitchen contains a face brick chimney backing onto the lounge room fireplace.
The residence appears well maintained and in excellent condition. There have been some alterations and additions to the original residence including enclosing underneath to provide car accommodation, storage, utility, and additional accommodation. There has also been a partial enclosure of the verandah at the front, as well as the additional skillion roofed family room to the rear, connecting to the lower floor. A hipped roof covered terrace to the rear has also been added.