The City of Boroondara has accepted the findings of a decision by Heritage Victoria after an assessment was completed of Butleigh Wootton for State heritage significance.
City of Boroondara Mayor, Cr Jane Addis said “The Boroondara community highly values its local heritage and the character of its neighbourhoods and Council recognises Butleigh Wootton’s heritage significance.”
While Council is disappointed that Butleigh Wootton has not been recommended for inclusion in Victoria’s Heritage Register (VHR), Cr Addis says it accepts the reasons provided by Heritage Victoria who completed the assessment of Butleigh Wootton for State heritage significance.
“Council is committed to preserving the City’s history and protecting heritage properties and the suburb of Kew provides some of the best examples of impressive and substantial nineteenth century mansions.”
The recommendation followed a comparative analysis of the property against other comparable VHR listed Victorian mansions as well as properties in other municipalities.
A heritage assessment of the property was initially undertaken by Council’s heritage consultants in response to a request from the community and a nomination was submitted to Heritage Victoria on 27 February this year. Their assessment found that other VHR mansions are more intact both externally and internally than Butleigh Wootton. Comparative places also have a larger curtilage than Butleigh Wootton as well as significant nineteenth century plantings.
The property is currently included in the Heritage Overlay (HO201) recognising its local heritage significance as an individually significant place. The property also forms part of the heritage precinct HO150 - Glenferrie Road Precinct, Kew. The property will remain protected in these Heritage Overlays.
For more information, contact Neva Law via email [email protected] or call 0481 912 411.