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Maxwell House


Town of Cambridge

Place Number

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3 Asten Rd City Beach

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Residence, 3 Asten Road

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1967

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 27 Nov 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 27 Nov 2018 Category 2

Category 2

Considerable Significance Very important to the heritage of the locality. High degree of integrity/authenticity. Conservation of the place is highly desirable. Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place.

Statement of Significance

The place has aesthetic value as an intact example of the late 20th century International style.

This residence and other examples of Iwanoff's work are a comprehensive and notable group of buildings which demonstrate a specific design style and period.

The place has historic value for its association with prominent architect, Iwan Iwanoff who was influential in Western Australian practice for his non traditional approach to design and materials drawn from European trends.

The place has historic value for its association with the 1960s which was characterised as a period of affluence which was teamed with a willingness to experiment with new styles and materials.

The place has social value as the house and others of Iwanoff's design are the source of study and interest amongst members of the community.

Physical Description

A distinctive single storey house with gently sloping skillion roofline across the full width of the façade. As with all Iwanoff Houses, Maxwell House presents with a unique and distinctive frontage incorporating decorative concrete panels. In this instance, the panel is perforated concrete creating a projecting screen over the façade of the house. The entrance is located in a recessed position in the centre of the façade consisting of single panel door with large adjacent window.

As with many of the Iwanoff designs a unique letterbox was designed by Iwanoff to complement the


wan Nickolow Iwanoff (1919-1986) was born in Kusstendil, Bulgaria. After studying architecture in Munich at the Technische Hochschule from 1941, Iwanoff worked for Emil Freymuth with the pair winning second prize in the competition to rebuild the central area of Munich. Migrating to Australia as part of the International Refugee Organization resettlement scheme, Iwanoff and his wife arrived at Fremantle, on 2 March 1950. He worked with architecture firm Kranz and Sheldon and also Yuncken and Freeman in Melbourne. In 1963, he established his own practice, The Studio of Iwanoff.

A gifted architect, Iwanoff had exceptional drawing abilities, an innovative `expressionistic’ approach to design and detailing and, above all, a conviction that architecture was an art. In 1963-86 his small office produced work of high quality, including numerous houses. He also designed shop fronts and interiors in central Perth, and one larger project, the civic administration centre and public library at Northam (1969-74). His creative use of concrete blocks is a noted feature of his work.

Many of the Iwanoff residences designed in the 1960s and 1970s were in the new northern suburbs of Perth where there was often minimal surrounding development and often a clientele willing to explore new styles and techniques.

Plans for this residence were prepared by Iwanoff’s office in 1967 for a client designated as Maxwell and electoral rolls confirm that civil servant, Ronald John Maxwell and his wife Patricia Ethel Maxwell were living at this address in 1972.

Aerial photographs indicate that the form and extent of the original design has changed little since construction. The current owners [2018] supplied the information that the original asbestos roof cladding has been replaced.


Integrity: High
Authenticity: High




Name Type Year From Year To
Iwan Iwanoff Architect 1967 -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
State Library of WA, Iwan Iwanoff Collection. MN1401, Acc 4400A. Plans
Aerial photographs, Landgate. Online Reference 1953-2016
Goad, Philip; Willis, Julie 'The Encyclopaedia of Australian Architecture', Cambridge University Press, p. 357 Book 2012
Duncan Richards, 'Iwanoff, Iwan (1919–1986)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Online Document 2007

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


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

Architectural Styles

Late 20th-Century International

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Zincalume
Wall CONCRETE Concrete Block

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Innovators

Creation Date

19 Aug 2019

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Last Update

19 Aug 2019


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