‘The Moorings’, prominently located overlooking the Brisbane River, was designed by architect Mervyn Rylance and built in 1934 for Dr Arthur John Ross and his wife Dorothy James. The construction of the house followed the transfer of the property the previous year from Joseph William Sutton to Dorothy Ross. The Ross family owned the property until 1947.
Dr Ross, a medical practitioner, conducted his practice at Rothwell Chambers in the city and also initially at the house from 1934 when it was listed as 1 Merthyr Road.
This two-storey masonry-rendered house was built in the Inter-War Old English style. Features include the dormer windows on the upper level, porthole windows on both levels, timber barge-boards and decorative brick capping on top of the chimney.
1 Merthyr Road was changed to 1 Riverview Court when a cul-de-sac was created at this western section of Merthyr Road in the mid 2000s.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as a good example of the substantial, often architect designed houses, constructed in New Farm during the building boom of the interwar years when the large estates of the nineteenth century were subdivided for residential development.
d) It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places
as a good example of an interwar Old English style residence.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
for its appealing interplay of roof shapes, fine detailing and use of contrasting materials.
h) It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the City's or local area's history
as a good example of the work of architect, Mervyn Rylance, whose high-quality domestic dwellings made a significant contribution to Brisbane’s interwar architecture.
NOTE: The purpose of this report is
to provide a general reference source of information
about the main historical and descriptive features that
contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage
place. It is based on available evidence and may be
re-assessed if further information becomes available.
It is NOT an official report and does not in any way
replace the official Heritage Register entry, which
can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner
should undertake a thorough conservation study of the
heritage place before any action is taken which may
affect its significance as a heritage listed place.
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