This residence was built circa 1887 as a rental property for controversial journalist, politician and property investor Ebenezer Thorne. The house was constructed during a time of increased residential settlement in the desirable suburb of Highgate Hill. Thorne’s house, initially known as ‘Prospect Place’, featured six bedrooms, servant’s rooms, stables and verandahs, the last taking advantage of its elevated position on Gertrude Street. The house was tenanted by a variety of middle-class residents during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Sold by trustees in 1911, it was obtained by Thorne’s second wife Sarah in 1920. Sarah named the house ‘Carina’ for her stepdaughter, Kate Carina, for whom the suburb of Carina is also believed to be named. Subsequent owners converted the property to a tenement dwelling, though it has since reverted to a single dwelling. It is currently owned by multiple proprietors, one of whom has held an interest in the property since 1974.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as an example of an 1880s timber house in Highgate Hill.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
as an 1880s timber house, built to the footpath and located on a prominent rise of the hill.
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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