Saturday, 21 January 2012

Richmond Villa

This simple building is of interest as one of the few remaining residential designs by early Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis, whose best known works are public buildings such as courthouses and jails. Built as his own residence, the villa had Gothic outline, decorative bargeboards and asymmetric bay windows. Richmond Villa originally stood near Parliament House, facing the Domain, but in 1976 it was carefully dismantled and rebuilt on its present site in Kent Street. Following this move it was officially reopened in February 1978 as the headquarters of the Society of Australian Genealogists and now houses the society’s manuscript collections and educational services.


  1. Fascinating. I know the building but did not realise that it had been moved.

  2. From that angle, you might think it was out in the bush rather than in the middle of the city.