Eringarth Historic House, Springwood

By | May 17, 2021

Eringarth is a historic house located at 1-10 Railway Parade, Springwood, 2777. 

Eringarth, Springwood

The estate is an outstanding example of a wealthy Sydney businessman’s country retreat and philanthropic bequest to the Catholic church. Eringarth is a rare example of a Victorian Tudor style house in the Blue Mountains. The house has fine proportions and a distinctive crenelated front. The cast iron detailing to the verandah is echoed in the garden pavilion and south fence. The garden setting of the house is enhanced by the elements of folly including the tower, pavilion and slab shed. Additions to the house have enhanced the character of the site.

Eringarth was built in 1881-3 by a Sydney businessman called Lawler. Lawler’s daughters both became Sisters of St Joseph and the Catholic order inherited the estate from Lawler in 1926. It was used as a Catholic school and home until 1969. During these four decades the house, folly and gardens were poorly maintained and the property was diminished in size. From 7 acres it shrank to 3 acres, with the sale of 1 acre to the railway and the alienation of 3 acres to the north of the highway as industrial sites. The property is owned by Robert and Veronica Bunda and operates as an exclusive antiques business.

The house has a single storey main wing with a symmetrical front to Railway Parade. The east side of the main wing has an undercroft created by the fall of the site to the east. A 2 storey rear wing is terminated by a turreted tower.

The main wing of the house has a crenelated parapet with a plain frieze panel. The central entry is marked by a generous archway in the castellated breakfront flanked by a verandah with a single slope roof which returns around the east and west sides of the house. Arches either side of the entry porch lead to the side verandahs.

The Eringarth Tower

A tall brick tower, built as a garden folly, with a crenelated parapet and brick walls with pointed arched windows. The windows have cream brick quoins. A horizontal flagpole on the south side marks the door.

Eringarth tower

A cast-iron spiral stair provides access to the upper floor balcony. The balcony has a cast-iron balustrade.

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