PROMINENT Perth builder JP Collins built this Mt Lawley home for his family in 1957 – and a Collins has lived there ever since.
He had four kids and a wife, but that wasn’t a problem as there’s plenty of space in this six-bedroom abode.
Collins’ career took off in the 1930s when art deco was in vogue, and this Walcott Street home reflects elements of that style and the 1950s.
Leadlight doors and windows have a more sleek look, including the recently replaced curved glass in the front door, set behind an attractive wrought iron screen.
Virtually nothing has changed since this home was built 60 years ago, and the durability of the marmoleum — a plant-oil based product — is evident in the kitchen floor, where the colours remain vibrant and the floor unmarked.
This huge space still has its original Metters woodstove, sitting next to an electric one, and the cabinetry is pure period, with a bank of small pantry cupboards, and sliding glass doors that glide as freely as the day they were installed.
There’s even a small door to the outside, where bread and milk were once delivered. French doors, etched with images of horses and trees, lead into the spacious dining room, where a door gives access to the wide front verandah overlooking the street.
The adjacent lounge room is a vast space with a fireplace and original light fitting.
Carpet has been removed in the main bedroom to reveal pristine jarrah floors, which begs the questions: What lies beneath coverings in the rest of the home?
The octogenarian vendor has fond childhood memories of playing on the terrazzo floor in the bathroom, where a playful fish is a central motif.
Sitting on a 1013sqm lot, the garden is vast.
A large brick building on the western side is the laundry, where you’ll find the old copper, once used to boil clothes.
Nearby is an even larger six-car garage, with six separate double doors.
This unique property is in need of plenty of elbow grease and TLC, but the effort is well worth it.
by JENNY D’ANGER
26 Walcott Street, Mt Lawley
Auction May 27, 12 noon
Toby Baldwin 0418 914 926
Michael Johnson and Co