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House- 143 Forrest St


Shire of Peppermint Grove

Place Number

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143 Forrest St Peppermint Grove

Location Details

Cnr View St

Other Name(s)

Lee Steere Residence

Local Government

Peppermint Grove



Construction Date

Constructed from 1902

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 23 Oct 2018

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 19 Jul 1999 Category 1

Category 1

Buildings, which due to their character create the atmosphere of Peppermint Grove, therefore should be retained, but may be altered and extended in a manner which is both discrete and sympathetic to the original fabric and character so that a significant proportion of the original building is retained and from the street the additions are seen to be a continuation of the same fabric and character.

Statement of Significance

This two storey limestone and terra cotta tile residence, with its
handsome arrangement of feature gable terminating a large double
height return verandah, is culturally significant because:
it was constructed by well known pastoralist Charles Lee
it is an exemplar of the Federation Queen Anne style & retains
a high degree of integrity;
its design is attributed to JJ Talbot Hobbs, one of the most
influential architects of his time;
it is representative of the influence of wealthy pastoralists on
the suburbs development;
it is part of a cultural group and townscape area.

The residence is a notable large, restrained and handsome example of
its style and period, adapted to the predominant local materials of
limestone and imported terra cotta tiles and located on a large site to
give the place an appropriate setting. The place, with its large trees,
is an important townscape element.
The place is a textbook example of the Federation Queen Anne style,
with fme proportions and well considered use of materials. This
place was an exemplar to the architectural profession of its time. It
retains a high level of integrity.
The place has considerable social significance as it was built c1902
by Charles Lee Steere, one of a small number of wealthy pastoralists
who brought his family from the north of the state to Peppermint
Grove. The mansion was typical of those erected by wealthy
newcomers to the suburb. It was designed by prominent WA
architect and resident of the suburb, Joseph Talbot Hobbs, later a
famed soldier and knight. It was later owned by local chemist A L
Tilly, from 1925-35, and then by Mills & Ware Ltd.

The place is part of a cultural group.
The place is located within a townscape area.

There are few places of this size, quality or style, with this degree of
integrity within the suburb.

The place is representative of the influence of wealthy pastoralists on
the development of the suburb. The place is an exemplar of its
architectural style and period.

Physical Description

Two-storey stone & tile residence with two-storey verandahs, two-storey projecting bay
Large front garden with trees, behind high limestone wall.


The place has considerable historical significance as it represents the
type of family and residence that influenced the development of
Peppermint Grove as an elite and sought after suburb.


Modifications: Garage added


Name Type Year From Year To
Attributed to J J Talbot Hobbs Architect 1902 -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Pascoe R; "WesternAustralia's Capital Suburb".

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TILE Ceramic Tile
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people
OCCUPATIONS Domestic activities

Creation Date

04 May 2002

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Last Update

18 Feb 2021


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