Lutheran Manse (fmr)


Shire of Katanning

Place Number



43 Aberdeen St Katanning

Location Details

Other Name(s)


Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1909, Constructed from 1908

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 2

Statement of Significance

The residence at 43 Aberdeen Street is historically and socially significant in that it was the first Lutheran Manse in the Katanning district, and the residence/surgery of the well-known doctor, Dr House. The residence also has some aesthetic and architectural significance in that it is the only building constructed from soapstone, which was quarried from local farming properties.

Physical Description

The former manse was built with local soap stonewalls, painted corrugated iron roof and timber framing. A low gabled roof verandah spans the width of the house and is supported on Tuscan columns. Several additions and alterations have occurred, including the addition of a kitchen, maid's quarters, a freestanding garage and an Italianate verandah. The additions to the rear are in brick. The twin dormer windows have been converted to a single window.


The former Lutheran Manse was built for the Lutheran minister in 1908-09 by the church community. Stone was quarried locally and the Anglican congregation donated materials and funds. When the minister left the residence, the next occupant was Dr House, who used the house as his surgery as well as his home. In about 1910 the doctor added a kitchen, maid's quarters and the garage. In 1962 the Italianate verandah was added.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
National Trust Assessment Form.

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Other Use HEALTH Other
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RELIGIOUS Housing or Quarters

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Local Stone

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities

Creation Date

26 May 1997

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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