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Villa Alba Museum Kew, Victoria

The Villa Alba Museum, overlooking the Yarra at Studley Park, is important to the state of Victoria for architectural, historic, social and aesthetic reasons. Its exceptional cultural significance is due to the unrivalled quality of the late Victorian hand painted decoration of its interiors.

The house and the original grounds of Villa Alba was originally placed in trust for Anna Maria McEvoy by her family on her marriage to William Greenlaw in 1862. Villa Alba houses one of the most important examples of late nineteenth century decoration in Australia. It is the work of Scottish- trained Paterson Brothers; dates from about 1883; and includes a great variety of painted, stencilled and gilded decoration.

Villa Alba has been owned and managed by the Villa Alba Museum Incorporated (VAMI) since 2004. This organisation evolved from the Villa Alba Preservation Committee (VAPC) established under the former City of Kew in 1984 as a result of community interest in the preservation of Villa Alba. Since then, buildings to the north and south of the house have been demolished, the site boundaries have changed, and the original Committee succeeded by the present incorporated body, Villa Alba Museum Inc.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 436 Kew Victoria 3101 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9852 8886

Opening Hours

Villa Alba has regular open days on the first Sunday of the month from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Entry Fee

Adults: $10. Concession/Student: $8. Children under 18 years free.

Location

44 Walmer Street Kew Victoria

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Photograph of Dining Room taken by Russell Winnell. - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

Photograph of Dining Room taken by Russell Winnell. Photograph Dining Room, Villa Alba Australia City of Boroondara Victoria Kew Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Entrance Hall, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography entrance halls - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Entrance Hall, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography entrance halls - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Principal Bedroom, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography bedrooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Main Bedroom, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography bedrooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Boudoir, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography boudoirs - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Exterior, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography italianate architecture - domestic - kew - mebourne

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Exterior, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography italianate architecture - domestic - kew - mebourne

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Exterior, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography italianate architecture - domestic - kew - mebourne

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Drawing Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century drawing rooms - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Drawing Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography dining rooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Boudoir, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography boudoirs - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Boudoir, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography boudoirs - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Boudoir, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography boudoirs - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Boudoir, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography boudoirs - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Principal Bedroom, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography bedrooms - 19th century Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Drawing Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

and display of 19th century interior decorative finishes, and the components of 19th and 20th century interior decoration. The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, Villa Alba is important to the state of Victoria for architectural, historic, social and aesthetic reasons. Its cultural significance results from the unrivalled quality of the late Victorian hand-painted decoration of its interiors. The Villa Alba Museum is committed to the collection, study and display of 19th century interior decorative finishes, and the components of 19th and 20th century interior decoration.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Stencilled decoration of the dado in the Dining Room - Dining Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Drawing Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century drawing rooms - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Drawing Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century drawing rooms - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.

Photograph - Drawing Room, Villa Alba

Villa Alba Museum, Kew

the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011. villa alba museum interior design - 19th century drawing rooms - 19th century paterson brothers - decorators - melbourne russell winnell photography Russell Winnell

Historical information

Built between 1882 and 1884 for the banker William Greenlaw and with interior decoration by the Paterson Brothers, a number of elements of the the interior design scheme reference Greenlaw’s Scottish origins. Following his death in 1895, from 1897 the house was leased and owned by a succession of owners including the Fripp family, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mount Royal Hospital before being sold to the Society of Jesus for Xavier College. In 2004 the title was transferred to Villa Alba Museum Inc., and the western section of the garden leased to Xavier College for 99 years.

Significance

The photograph is one of a series of views of the interior commissioned from the photographer Russell Winnell by the Board of Management of Villa Alba Museum in 2011.