A magnificent mansion once home to Victorian Premier Sir William McPherson is on the market for the first time in 60 years.
The nine-bedroom residence at 14 Goodall Street, Hawthorn, named Invergowrie, has a $3.8m asking price.
The Victorian Heritage Database states the 1889-built landmark was initially owned by Metropolitan Gas Company secretary Sir Thomas Vasey, before passing to another “prominent businessman”, Sir McPherson, in the early 1900s.
Sir McPherson became Victoria’s 31st premier in 1928, leading the state for a year before being defeated at the 1929 general election.
He later moved to a larger estate in Hawthorn’s Coppin Grove, which he had built and also named Invergowrie, according to a 1992 City of Hawthorn heritage study.
That property is now owned by former Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour, who briefly listed it for sale in 2018 with a massive $40-$44m price guide.
Marshall White Boroondara director James Tostevin said many of the historic Goodall Street house’s traditional features remained intact.
“It’s such a rare opportunity, and it has amazing street appeal,” Mr Tostevin said.
“But it really needs a lot of work to return to its former glory.
“It will be fantastic to see the house when somebody puts their own stamp on it.”
The City of Hawthorn heritage study noted the property’s large gardens, medieval-style detailing and Queen Anne-style chimneys.
Other magnificent features include coloured leadlight windows, high ceilings with cornices, and a grand entrance foyer.
The property was divided into boarding flats after McPherson moved, resulting in four kitchens spread across the large property.
After six decades, the owners had plans to downsize from the olde-worlde home, Mr Tostevin said.
An online auction is scheduled for the property on August 22.
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