The crumbling Mosman mansion known as “Morella” is set for an $8 million transformation to return the controversial property to its former glory.
Developer Zobon Australia has submitted plans for a contemporary re-build with sweeping views over Sydney Harbour.
The multi-million-dollar project will also boast a gym, bar, rumpus room, swimming pool and huge, hotel-style bedrooms, including a Master Suite with a rooftop terrace.
Just a stone’s throw from Clifton Gardens, the once stately home has been derelict for decades and is a popular target for teenage vandals, who’ve smashed its interior and covered walls with graffiti.
In a report submitted to Council, Heritage Consultant Craig Burton and Jackson Teece Architects said their Development Proposal (DA) demonstrates “the best option for conservation, adaptation and interpretation, to creatively transform a ruin into a family residence again and gain respect within the Clifton Gardens and Mosman community.”
“The building’s current poor physical condition, including damage to the point of destabilising its structural safety and integrity … clearly compromise and limit Morella’s potential heritage values and role as a meaningful historical legacy.”
The mansion was once owned by the influential Parer family, who hosted Sydney society inside the grand home.
The 864 sqm parcel of land has had several owners, most notably Leo Parer, co-founder of Stanford X-Ray, who purchased 5 Morella Rd in 1936 for £500. With wife Helena, the couple commissioned Eric Nicholls of Burley Griffin to design the existing house completed in 1939.
In the 1940s, the mansion hosted the cream of Sydney society, and in 1943 the curvy modernist masterpiece featured in Australian Home Beautiful magazine.